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Canberra man found guilty of incest and buying young girl a vibrator sentenced to nine years in jail

A Canberra man who molested his defacto partner's disabled daughter bought the young girl a vibrator and showed her pornography in a selfish bid to corrupt her, a judge says.

The man, 34, was jailed for more than nine years when he appeared for sentence in the ACT Supreme Court on Thursday.

The man had initially denied the allegations, and had been scheduled to face trial.

But, in October, he pleaded guilty to four charges of incest and six counts of committing acts of indecency on, or in the presence of, a child.

The court heard the man, who cannot be named, had started a defacto relationship with the girl's mother in early 2012.

He then molested the girl - who suffers from an intellectual disability - over the following 18 months.

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The court heard he would tell the girl - then aged aged between 10 and 12 - to stay home from school so they could be alone.

On one occasion, he offered to take the girl to a fast food restaurant, but instead took her to a deserted carpark where he showed her pornography and abused her.

He gave her a vibrator as a present on another occasion.

The abuse ceased when the girl told her mother, who then called the police.

The man claimed he had wanted to teach her about sex, claimed she had been the instigator, and only committed the acts because he did not want to disappoint her.

But Justice John Burns rejected the claims and said the offender's culpability had been high.

"[This was a] a gross breach of trust ... and abuse of your position of authority. Nothing can justify such offending behaviour," Justice Burns said.

"You deliberately used her for your own sexual gratification.

"You set about corrupting this child for your own selfish purposes."

A presentence report rated the offender as a low risk of reoffending and said he had shown some insight into the causes for the offending.

But the report author said the man continued to rationalise his crimes and did not appreciate the impact on the victim.

A victim impact statement said the mother and child both suffered from a sense of guilt.

Justice Burns sentenced the offender to nine years and three months jail, backdated to take into account time spent in custody, with a non-parole period of five years and seven months.

He will be eligible for release in February 2019.