A 52-year-old Melbourne man will be sentenced next month after admitting to sexually abusing his partner's daughter and her best friend on the South Coast over a decade ago.
The man, from Templestowe in Victoria, sat quietly in Bega Local Court on Tuesday, July 9 only speaking to confirm his pleas of guilty to four counts of indecent assault of a person under the age of 16 and sexual intercourse with a person between the age of 14 and 16.
Both victims, now adults, were aged 15 at the time the offending began in 2006.
The victims reconnected on Facebook in February last year before both decided to disclose the offending - which commonly involved the man asking them to sit on his lap before inappropriately touching them - to police.
The stepdaughter attended a Victorian police station on April 26 last year, followed by her friend who attended the same police station almost two months later on June 21.
The man, who was in a de facto relationship with the mother of one of his victims, began offending soon after moving into the woman's Melbourne home, just months into the relationship.
The offending escalated after the family relocated to the South Coast and his stepdaughter's best friend visited the family home over the Christmas holidays in 2006.
Soon after she arrived she was alone in a room when the man walked into a room wearing only a dressing gown, nodding and smiling while exposing his genitals.
During the visit the man indecently assaulted her while she sat on his lap playing computer games, and after he asked to watch her play the violin alone in a bedroom.
At one point he told the girl his offending was "nothing to be embarrassed about", telling her "it's okay, this is how it is meant to feel".
Late one night the girl opened up to her friend about the abuse she had suffered, and the man's stepdaughter revealed she had also suffered similar abuse.
After the friend returned home she severed contact with her best friend, while the man's offending against his stepdaughter continued into 2008.
Court documents reveal the man was not handed any bail conditions after his arrest.
He will be sentenced in the Bega District Court on August 28.
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