Accused rapist turned daughter's room into TV studio
A WARWICK man facing trial for more than 100 sexual offences had a direct video feed from a smoke alarm in his stepdaughter's bedroom to his television.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his alleged victim, is accused of raping and sexually assaulting his stepdaughter repeatedly, often recording the encounters.
He has pleaded not guilty to those charges and also has denied maintaining a relationship with a child, making child pornography, and making recordings and observations in breach of privacy.
The girl was allegedly aged between 13 and 19 when the offending occurred.
She has alleged she once fell pregnant and he took her to Caboolture for an abortion.
The man told police the sexual relationship was consensual and the videos he took of their encounters depicted that.
The Crown has argued the man used his role as the teen's primary care giver to modify her behaviour to attend to his sexual needs and sexually exploit her.
The man allegedly threatened to leave the teen's mother and to show people videos of them having sex.
Senior Constable Russel Joyce told Brisbane District Court on Tuesday that he discovered the smoke alarm with a camera stuck inside using putty after turning on a television in the man's bedroom.
He said he walked around the house to find the bedroom he could see from above and then put his police badge near the smoke alarm.
His colleague in the other room could see it.
Sen Const Joyce said he found another camera under the teen's bed and several in a cupboard in the man's bedroom.
He said he found more than 25 discs as well as an SD camera card and sim cards with images and video footage.
The teen's sister told the court via video link that she once saw the man go into a bathroom where her sibling was showering and lock the door.
"She's not six months old, she's not going to drown," she told him when he walked out.
The trial is set down for three weeks.