A man who touched his 12-year-old daughter in a sexual way wept in court as he was ordered to spend three years on probation.
The 51-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual activity with a family member between January and September, last year.
Derry Crown Court heard that the father rubbed his daughter’s back, touched her bottom and rubbed her chest both over and under her clothing.
The incident was reported to social services after the 12-year-old told a friend. The defendant also went to police and made “unprompted” admissions to police and said he realised what he had done was “horrendous”.
He said he did not know why he touched his daughter in this way but denied having an inappropriate attraction to her. It was revealed the girl “still has considerable feelings towards her father” and they continue to have a “remarkable bond”.
Imposing the three year probation order, Judge Philip Babington ordered the man to sign the sex offender’s register for five years.