Man to pay $10k compensation for sexually abusing sister

Kerri Moore

WHEN a woman confronted her adopted brother about how he sexually abused her when they were children, he told her that he would cooperate with police if she wanted to report it.

He also offered to pay for her counselling.

The man was born in Bundaberg but now lives in Brisbane.

He has escaped serving jail time after admitting to sexually abusing his sister more than 30 years ago.

He has also been ordered to pay his sister $10,000 in compensation.

The 46-year-old, who cannot be named to protect his sister's identity, sexually abused his sister, who was also adopted and was about two years younger than him, over about a five year period when he was aged 13-17.

He pleaded guilty in Brisbane District Court on Thursday to five counts of indecent treatment of a child and one count of incest.

The court heard how the man had been sexually abused by a church counsellor when he was aged 10-15 and Judge Paul Smith acknowledged this when sentencing him.

Judge Smith said to the man that this abuse "skewed your compass about what is right and wrong" as a teenager.

But he said the man knew what happened with his sister was horrible and wrong and should not have happened.

Judge Smith also said he took into account the man's remorse, shame and guilt for his offending.

The court heard that when his sister confronted him about it in recent years, he told her he was prepared and would fully cooperate if she wanted to report the abuse to police.

The man and his sister were both adopted at birth and grew up together.

Judge Smith said the offending led to the sister being sexualised from a young age and had had serious implications on her life, including drug and alcohol abuse and relationship difficulties.

The court heard the woman had tried to come forward to her mother over the years but the mother did not believe her.

The man was sentenced to 18 months jail, fully suspended. He was also placed on a probation order for 18 months. - ARM NEWSDESK

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