Daughter tracked down long lost dad who then had sex with her when she turned 18

A teenage girl tracked down her long-lost dad through social media – then he had sex with her.

The teen, who has not been named for legal reasons, grew up believing that her biological father had been killed in “violent circumstances”.

But the girl later discovered he was alive, and inspired by the TV show Long Lost Family, she tracked him down using social media.

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The pair reconnected, and after her 18th birthday, they began a consensual sexual relationship.

Appearing before Swansea Crown Court, the shameless dad was jailed for the "illegal and wholly immoral" act.

Prosecutor Tom Scapens said: "The intercourse usually happened after they had both been drinking alcohol."

The court heard that police became involved after the daughter openly discussed her sexual relationship with her father with another person at a pub.

The man was arrested, questioned, and released on bail on the condition that he does not contact his daughter.

But she later began staying in her father's flat near Carmarthen, South Wales, and it is understood their sexual relationship continued.

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Mr Scapens said the daughter had initially supported the prosecution but she had subsequently written a withdrawn statement.

She said she loved her father and wanted a "normal" relationship with him.

Mr Scapens added: "She blamed the genetic attraction between them for what happened."

The defendant, who is now in his 50s, pleaded guilty to having sex with an adult relative when he appeared in the dock via video link for sentencing.

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Speaking on behalf of the defendant, Jon Tarrant said the father feels remorse and he "very much understands what has gone wrong here".

Judge Paul Thomas KC at Swansea Crown Court told the father that he acted in an "illegal, wholly immoral, and exploitative" manner.

He continued: "You were the dominant figure – you should have stopped this from happening".

The judge noted the defendant had been held on remand in prison since October last year and had therefore almost served the equivalent of a five-month prison sentence.

He was sentenced to a three-year community order and must complete the Maps for Change sex offenders course and a rehabilitation programme.

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