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Rick Thorburn, 59, (pictured in 2016) was sentenced to life behind bars last year for murdering his 12-year-old foster daughter and dumping her body in a river on the Gold Coast in 2015

Father imprisoned for life for killing his foster daughter Tiahleigh Palmer – after his son had sexually abused her – admits he has committed a dozen sexual crimes

  • Rick Thorburn murdered foster daughter Tiahleigh after son Trent had sex with her
  • He was sentenced to life in prison after dumping her body in the Gold Coast River
  • On Friday, Thorburn admitted that he had sexually abused two other children under the age of 12
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A father who has been in prison for life for the murder of his foster daughter Tiahleigh Palmer has admitted to a series of sexual crimes against children.

Rick Thorburn, 59, was sentenced to life behind bars last year for killing the 12-year-old and dumping her body in a river in the Gold Coast in 2015.

He killed the child only a few hours after he had taught his then 18-year-old son Trent, sexually abused her, and was afraid she was pregnant.

On Friday, Thorburn pleaded with the Beenleigh District Court for charges including rape and attempted rape of two girls under 12, as well as 10 counts of indecent treatment of a child.

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Rick Thorburn, 59, (pictured in 2016) was sentenced to life behind bars last year for murdering his 12-year-old foster daughter and dumping her body in a river on the Gold Coast in 2015

Rick Thorburn, 59, (pictured in 2016) was sentenced to life behind bars last year for murdering his 12-year-old foster daughter and dumping her body in a river on the Gold Coast in 2015

Thorburn had attacked the girls in 2015 and 2016 in the parental home in Brisbane, where his wife also had a daycare.

According to the court documents, the 59-year-old was left several times alone with the children in childcare, The courier post reported.

He touched a girl sexually at home and showed another explicit video while driving to school.

He said to her: & # 39; You should do that on my d ** k & # 39 ;.

Thorburn also forced a girl to perform oral sex with him and raped another digitally, police say.

Tiahleigh Palmer (photo) was murdered by her father after hearing that his 18-year-old son Trent had sex with her and feared she was pregnant
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Tiahleigh Palmer (photo) was murdered by her father after hearing that his 18-year-old son Trent had sex with her and feared she was pregnant

Tiahleigh Palmer (photo) was murdered by her father after hearing that his 18-year-old son Trent had sex with her and feared she was pregnant

He pleaded guilty to 10 counts of indecent treatment of a child as well as rape and attempted rape.

After the death of Tiahleigh, Thorburn & # 39; s wife Julene and son Trent lied to the police.

In 2017 his wife was sentenced to 18 months behind bars for perjury and attempted to distort justice.

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Trent was sentenced to four years in prison, suspended after 16 months for incest and perjury.

Rick Thorburn will be convicted of child crimes at a later date.

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