Man charged for indecent acts with sister

A MAN accused of committing an indecent act with his younger sister told police he did it because he was lonely and stressed from work.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty in Rockhampton District Court yesterday to one count of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

The court heard the offence, which occurred sometime between November 2013 and November 2014, took place when the defendant was 20-years-old and his sister was 11-years-old.

While the defendant's sister was in his room with him watching a movie, he attempted to pull down her pants and underwear, eventually succeeding despite her struggling and saying no.

He then looked at her vagina and touched it with two fingers for approximately 10 seconds with no penetration.

The defendant apologised to her after telling her to put her pants on and leave the room.

Defence barrister Ross LoMonaco told the court no one knew about the offence for two years after the fact and the pair had lived together during that time with no repeat offending.

When interviewed by police in 2015, the defendant told them he did it because he "guessed he was lonely" and had a stressful day at work.

The Crown prosecutor told the court although it was an opportunistic and one time incident, the act represented a significant breach of trust.

Judge Terry Martin handed down a suspended prison sentence of nine months with an operational period of 12 months.

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