A man accused of committing an indecent act on his eight-year-old daughter five years ago has gone on trial in the ACT Supreme Court.
The offence allegedly occurred when the child and her father were alone together in their Canberra home on April 20, 2008.
The girl had gone out to the shops and went into her room when she returned home.
Her father, a 47-year-old who cannot be named, called her into his room.
He allegedly told her to take her pants off, and get into his bed.
The father is accused of then putting his penis between her legs.
The Crown - represented by prosecutor Trent Hickey - allege that act lasted a short while, and the girl then went back into her own room.
At a subsequent family lunch, where she was with her brother and sister, the Crown says she was quiet and withdrawn, and didn't want to go back home.
The girl didn't tell anyone of the alleged indecency until March 2010, when she told her sister she was scared of her dad because he had touched her.
Care and protection services were called, and the police were notified.
Officers went to speak with the father later that night.
But Mr Hickey said police became concerned about his behaviour, after they saw him attempting self-harm.
They took the 47-year-old to the Canberra Hospital.
In his opening submission on Monday morning, Mr Hickey told the jury they would hear of other sexual contact between the father and his daughter, which would give context to the single charge of act of indecency he is currently facing.
He said the complainant, under cross-examination by defence barrister Ken Archer, had said she couldn't remember whether her father had sex with her or put his penis between her legs.
The trial continues before Justice Hilary Penfold.