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A Man Who Abused His Daughter For 7 Years Has Been Jailed For 17 Years.

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This article contains information which some readers may find distressing.

A man who abused his daughter for years after tricking her in what was described as an "elaborate ruse" has been jailed for seventeen years.

The court heard David Masterson, formerly of Tallaght in west Dublin, blackmailed her before raping and sexually assaulting her for over seven years.

Our Courts Correspondent Frank Greaney has this report, which some listeners may find distressing:

"Charlene Masterson waived her right to anonymity so her father could be named.

Just a few weeks after she turned 18, the court heard he contacted her by text from an unknown number, pretending to be someone else, and threatened to do send details of online chats she was having with boys to her father's workplace if she didn't agree to allow a man call over to perform a sex act on her. He insisted she wear a blindfold and headphones with the music turned fully up.

Not knowing it was her father texting her, she complied with all of the requests, and only realised it was him years later, when she found a video recording of it.

The court heard distressing details of the abuse she suffered for over seven years; not only by him, but also other men.

David Masterson was jailed for seventeen years today."

 

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