A father who sexually abused his daughter, step-daughter, chickens and family dog has been jailed for nearly three years.
The Australian man who cannot be named for legal reasons, voluntarily confessed his crimes to his ex-wife and then to police.
At court, the 27-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of bestiality, one count of persistent sexual exploitation of a child and one aggravated count of indecent assault.
“The abuse you admitted to was gross and disturbing,” said Judge Paul Muscat at Adelaide district court.
The court heard he abused his step-daughter, aged between nine and 11 at the time off offending, in her sleep, and his biological daughter when she was aged three.
ABC News reports that he admitted to penetrative sex acts with chickens and attempted penetrative sex acts with the family dog.
The court heard the man suffered abuse growing up and was “aroused by the wrongfulness of his sexual behaviour” after having sexual contact with dogs as a child.
The judge gave the man credit for voluntarily disclosing his crimes, adding: “You appear determined and motivated to engage in treatment and address your abhorrent and abnormal sexual behaviours, which is imperative in order to reduce your risk of further sexual offending.”
He was sentenced to six years and seven months’ in prison, with a non-parole period of three-and-a-half-years.
But it was backdated to December 2015 for when he was taken into custody.
The man’s ex-wife wrote in her victim impact statement: “We didn’t do anything wrong; my beautiful innocent children certainly never ever deserved to have such terrible violation occur on their bodies and hearts.”