Man pleads guilty to molesting his four grand-daughters

A MAN shockingly betrayed his wife and family by repeatedly molesting four grand-daughters.

The girls, the daughters of two of his sons, often stayed at the man's house, where the offending occurred.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also molested a young family friend of the girls.

The five girls were aged between seven and 13 when he kissed them, touched their breasts and directly touched their genitals.

His actions had "blown the family apart", the District Court in Mackay was told.

Now 62, the man pleaded guilty to nine counts of sexual offending in central Queensland when he was aged 50-59 years.

That included seven counts of indecent treatment of children under 12 years old who were of lineal descent and one count each of indecent treatment of a child under 16 who was of lineal descent and indecent treatment of a child under 16.

The offending occurred between 2003 and 2011, often on school holidays when the girls were staying with their grandparents, the court was told.

The man's wife was in court to support her husband of 43 years as he was jailed. She was also supportive of the complainants.

"The effect on the family as been catastrophic," barrister Bronwyn Hartigan, of Morton Lawyers, said.

The man's guilty plea meant that none of the complainants had to give evidence and he also admitted extra offending to police.

"It's a great betrayal of trust both to your children... and to your grandchildren," Judge Julie Dick told him.

"It has a ripple effect that just can't be minimised."

Judge Dick accepted the man's particular offending was at the lower end of the range of indecent treatment.

The man will serve eight months of a two-and-a-half year sentence. The remainder will be wholly suspended for three years.

Topics:  court crime family grandparent molestation

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