Melbourne father sentenced to jail for filming himself sexually abusing his young daughter

Angry dad films him sexually abusing his three-year-old daughter and ‘swap’ videos with other pedophiles on Instagram – but only gets three years in prison

  • Melbourne father filmed daughter’s abusive material to ‘swap’ with strangers
  • Man’s former wife has been devastated by the impact and will live with guilt for life
  • Dad is ashamed and aware that he has ruined the relationship with his three children
  • He will be a registered sex offender and will be serving at least three years in prison

A Melbourne father who filmed abusive material from his toddler to ‘trade’ with strangers via social media has been jailed.

The 45-year-old Frankston man touched and filmed his three-year-old daughter in the shower in June 2020 and shared the content on Instagram to access more child pornography material.

At one point during the abuse, she asked him, “Why?”

He replied, “Because I don’t have many pictures of you.”

The 45-year-old Melbourne man hit and filmed his three-year-old daughter in the shower in June 2020 to swap social media content with other strangers (stock image)

The father-of-three faced a Victorian County Court on Thursday, where he was sentenced to a total of four years and eight months in prison.

He pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including assaulting a child under the age of 16, producing child abuse material and sending child abuse material.

The sentencing judge said the child abuse material he created of his daughter will last forever and could resurface at any moment.

“She was extremely young and vulnerable,” the judge told the 45-year-old, whose head remained bowed throughout the hearing.

“You were meant to protect her, but you’ve exploited your position as a parent to satisfy your own depraved sexual purposes and forwarded the images for others to see.

“It was deliberate and calculated… a shocking breach of trust.”

The court heard the man’s ex-wife called the impact of his crime “devastating.”

She said she “lives with guilt every day,” would “forever feel responsible for not protecting her daughter,” and is concerned about when the girl will come to understand what happened to her.

“While it’s not uncommon for the innocent parent to feel guilty, the blame for your behavior is on you,” the judge told the man.

“You presented yourself as a devoted and caring parent. Your behavior … suggests that you were anything but (this).’

The man’s lawyer previously said he was “deeply ashamed” and “acutely aware” that he had ruined his relationship with his three children.

He will be a registered sex offender for life and must serve at least three years in prison before being eligible for parole, having already served 405 days in pre-trial detention.

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