A CHRISTIAN church official whose name cannot be revealed has begun a jail sentence in New Zealand for abusing his daughter over a six year period.
According to this report, the father made his young daughter pray for forgiveness with him after he had sexually abused her.
Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen Erber highlighted the hypocrisy of the 45-year-old offender’s conduct:Â working with Christian youth while abusing his daughter from the age of five to 11 years.
The victim, now aged 20, read her victim impact statement at her father’s sentencing, sometimes in tears but dismissing him strongly at the end. She said:
He wrecked my life and destroyed my family. I have no love for him. I don’t care about him anymore.
She said she had lost all respect for the church, God and the Bible as a result of her father’s offending.
He was supposed to be Christian but look at all the evil he was doing.
The 45-year-old man’s name must remain suppressedÂ - at the request of his familyÂ - as he began a three year four month jail term on five indecency charges against the girl.
His daughter said he looked like a monster to her. He would make her pray with him for forgiveness after the sexual abuse, but she knew she had not done anything wrong.
I wanted Dad to say what he had done but he just lied and never took responsibility.
She told the court how her life had deteriorated. Â She became withdrawn and eventually resorted to drugs and alcohol, missing school, and causing pain for her mother.
The mother, who had tried to take her own life after the abuse was discovered, told the court she felt like a failure as a mother.
She said the man was praying all the time and asking God for forgiveness.
In the last three years he has made our lives hell, admitting what he did and then minimising it.
Defence counsel Steve Hembrow said the man accepted he was the cause of the tragedy for the whole family.
He cannot understand how he moved from a loving capable parent to an abuser of his daughter.
Since the offending ended nine years ago he had undergone counselling. Hembrow asked that the man’s jail sentence not be “crushing”.
Judge Erber ruled out a home detention sentence. He said the father’s hypocrisy was an aggravating feature of the case, and referred to his conduct as being “as gross a breach of trust as possible”.
Hat tip: David