Rape-accused Verulam stepfather pleads not guilty

Rape-accused Verulam stepfather pleads not guilty

The Verulam man accused of gross sexual abuse and the rape of his stepdaughter has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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The 45-year-old was arrested in June 2018 after the child - who was 11 at the time - told a neighbour she was being abused.

The girl's mother passed away several years ago.

State Prosecutor Cheryl Naidu spent Monday morning describing the abuse the child is said to have suffered - as she put each charge to the man. 

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He pleaded not guilty to the 56 charges ranging from rape, sexual exploitation of a child, human trafficking and the creation of child pornography. 

It's alleged the man hadn't enrolled the child in school - and instead kept her locked up at home where he abused her and forced her to cook and clean.

The trial continues.

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