Father in court for sex offences

AN Adelaide man says he sexually exploited his daughter and granddaughter because that was the way he was brought up, a court has heard.

The man, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty in the Adelaide District Court on Thursday to persistent sexual exploitation of a child and gross indecency.

Judge Peter Herriman heard that the man had sex with his daughter on numerous occasions between 1976 and 1983 beginning when she was just six years old.

He also committed acts of gross indecency against his granddaughter in 2004.

Prosecution counsel Melissa Wilkinson told the court the accused had many opportunities to reflect on his offending “but he has of course offended again against his granddaughter some 20 years later”.

Defence lawyer Joseph Saunders told the court his client had expressed remorse for his crimes and sought religious counsel to express his guilt.

Mr Saunders said his client had told a psychiatrist “it was how I was brought up” because he himself was sexually abused as a child.

The man will be sentenced on December 7.

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