Australian incest father sentenced to 30 years

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An Australian man who fathered four children with his daughter over more than 30 years of abuse was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

A county court in Victoria state, where the abuse occurred, handed down the sentence today.

The 66-year-old man's identity was withheld to protect his daughter's privacy. Prosecutors said the abuse started when the girl was 13.

"To describe your treatment of your daughter as appalling is a gross understatement," judge Susan Pullen said.

The man pleaded guilty to two counts of indecently assaulting a girl under 16, 10 counts of incest and one of common assault.

He was sentenced to 22 years and five months, and must serve a minimum of 18 years before being eligible for parole.