A Far South Coast man who sexually abused three underage girls, including two who were his own cousins, has been sentenced to more than five years' jail.
The man, now in his early 20s, was aged 17 when he attacked the two sisters on New Year's Eve in 2012, but wasn't arrested over the offences until 2017.
He was on bail awaiting trial over those matters when he molested a 15-year-old girl in February 2019.
The man went to trial in Bega District Court in October 2019 on the 2012 allegations and was found guilty on six charges.
He subsequently pleaded guilty to the February 2019 charges.
Wollongong District Court heard the teen was performing babysitting duties for his aunt and uncle when he sexually assaulted his cousins, aged just 11 and 13, inside their home.
He took the younger girl into the garage where he digitally penetrated her. She began screaming in pain but the teen told her to shut up.
He then grabbed her hand and forced her to masturbate him before taking her back into the house and telling both girls he had a kids' TV show for them to watch.
The boy then proceeded to show them pornography, while asking them if they wanted to "see how babies are made".
The teen proceeded to masturbate himself while the two girls were still in the room, then again took the younger child's hand and made her masturbate him until he ejaculated.
The young girl began crying and ran away.
Both girls gave statements to police in 2017, leading to their cousin's arrest in June that year.
Meanwhile, the rape of the 15-year-old girl two years later involved the boy, and allegedly his girlfriend, molesting the teen one evening after driving to Bermagui.
It is alleged the boy recorded some of the encounter on his mobile phone.
The victim told her mother what had happened as soon as she got home.
Delivering sentence in Wollongong District Court last Friday, February 21, Judge Andrew Haesler said the offender's behaviour towards his cousins was a violation of the trust his aunt and uncle had put in him to take care of their children.
"The offender was older and much bigger than his cousins," he said.
"He exposed them to sexual activity they shouldn't have been exposed to."
In relation to the 2019 incident, Judge Haesler noted the rape had been unprotected and the teen had shown "little regard for the safety of the complainant".
Both cousins provided statements to the court outlining the impact of the abuse during their formative years, saying they still struggled daily with what had happened to them.
Judge Haesler sentenced the offender to five years and two months' jail, with a non-parole period of three years.
With time served, he will be eligible to apply for parole in February 2022.
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