Daughter: My Long-Lost Dad Raped Me at Our Reunion
Australian man ultimately pleaded guilty to incest
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2016 4:40 PM CST
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(Newser) – There's no happy ending to the story of an Australian woman who tracked down her father two decades after he last saw her when she was a baby: The unnamed man raped his daughter when they were reunited, she says. The man says his daughter's mother walked out on him when he was 18 and their daughter was just 26 days old. Twenty years later, in 2014, the daughter finally found her father and invited him to come visit her Melbourne home, despite the fact that she knew he had a violent criminal record, the Age reports. She says that, while they were alone in the house, he asked for a hug and then started kissing her.

She pushed him away, but he took her into the bedroom, pushed her down, and raped her while telling her he loved her, she says. "I didn't say anything or do anything. I felt I had to cooperate," the woman recently told a court. "I was worried ... I knew he had a very violent past and had been in jail for physical assaults." The father, who originally told police his daughter initiated sex, ultimately pleaded guilty to a count of incest and was sentenced to four years in prison, but appealed. On appeal, judges reduced his sentence to three years after testimony as to his impoverished upbringing with an alcoholic mother and his intellectual disabilities.
 

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