A Sydney man has told a court that he had sex with his stepdaughter for more than four years, just after she turned 12.
According to news.com.au, the 45-year-old man admitted he often had sex with the young girl in the family living room and on school mornings.
A video recorded by the man shows him having sexual intercourse with the minor, who is later heard saying on the tape: “Where’s my school shirt?”
The man has pleaded guilty to 99 charges that relate to the sexual abuse of the girl, AAP reports
The stepfather claimed that although the girl appeared unconscious in a number of videos he took, she knew what was going on and called it their “little game”.
The man said it was the girl who had initiated sexual contact and that molesting her was the “worst decision of my life”.
He has also pleaded not guilty to assaulting another stepdaughter when she was around 11 years old.
During the trial at Sydney Downing Centre, a jury heard the 45-year-old salesman allegedly drugged his wife with travel sickness tablets in order to sexually assault her daughter.
The mother told the court how she would experience "extreme and sudden tiredness" at home and began to notice a bitter taste in her drinks and food. She also spotted "powdery substances" in drinks made by her husband.
During her cross-examination by the accused, who is representing himself, the woman said: "You just reassured me I was tired ... I trusted you and I believed you.”
"I would ask you 'have you put sugar in it?' and you would say 'no I haven't done anything'... (but) it would taste different to when I made the drink,” she added.
According to AAP, a doctor told the jury that the accused would crush tablets into the mother’s food and drink.
The man allegedly crushed up the tablets using a meat tenderiser, which was found in the home with traces of three different drugs.
The court also heard that SD cards were found in the stepfather’s jacket with 78 videos and 778 graphic images depicting him indecently assaulting the girl.
The man has pleaded not guilty to 22 counts of allegedly drugging the girl and not guilty of five counts of drugging the mother.
This article first published on Marie Claire.