She was still a child when the much older man encouraged her to leave a foster home. (File)
She was still a child when the much older man encouraged her to leave a foster home. (File) Kat Smith

Underage girl miscarried after mum's partner preyed on her

A SORDID past emerged when a woman left her much older partner and revealed he started abusing her when she was 13.

The predatory disability pensioner took advantage of his troubled alcoholic partner's underage daughter.

The former Stanthorpe man was 34 when the "relationship" began.

The man even encouraged the child to leave a foster home and later run away with him.

Now 59, he was to go on trial for more alleged past sex offences, but instead pleaded guilty to one charge.

That charge was of maintaining a sexual relationship with a child.

This week, Brisbane District Court heard the girl fell pregnant three times, miscarrying on each occasion.

The man told her she would "go to girl's prison" if she told anyone about them having sex.

The pair moved around several times, and the man changed both their names.

Eventually she had four children by him.

The pair finally split up in 2010.

The man had a head injury in a car accident about 40 years ago and had drawn a disability pension since then.

He was extradited from Victoria to face the sex charges.

"The circumstances are somewhat unusual because after the [girl] became of age the relationship continued," Judge Deborah Richards told the sex offender.

The judge said several aggravating features characterised the offending.

"There was manipulation, you would tell her things like she 'owed' you to get her to comply with requests for sex," the judge added.

"She missed out on a proper education because of the young age you effectively went on the run with her."

Judge Richards said "despite her young age" the man at times used no contraception with the girl.

The court heard their eldest son, now an adult, provided a reference for his father.

The 59-year-old had health problems including osteoarthritis.

And he had "borderline to low average intelligence" probably from the head injury and a lack of formal education, the judge added.

He was jailed for seven years.

He will not be eligible for parole until June 2, 2020. -NewsRegional