Stepdad denies claims he touched his teen stepdaughter
A MAN accused of sexually abusing his stepdaughter has denied giving her sleeping pills and touching her inappropriately.
The 44-year-old took to the witness stand to give evidence during his trial in the Rockhampton District Court yesterday.
He faces charges of stupefying to commit an offence and indecent treatment of a child in November 2010.
The accused yesterday admitted he allowed the girl to have one or two vodka cruisers on two occasions while her mother was away.
However, he said he only gave her mild pain medication for a back condition she suffers from.
The man told the court the night before his partner, the girl's mother, returned home from her trip he went to bed alone.
He said he woke in the morning to find his stepdaughter beside him in bed.
He admitted his arm was draped over the girl but denied he touched her inappropriately. The court heard the man immediately took his arm off her and rolled over.
Three weeks later, the man and the girl's mother separated after a fight. The following day the girl made a complaint to police.
The jury is expected to retire today.