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An Australian man in the town of Moe, Victoria, has been charged with raping[1][2] his daughter almost every day for three decades and fathering four children by her. The case was likened to that of Josef Fritzl.

The man is accused of keeping his daughter a virtual prisoner in her own home and sexually abusing her from the age of 11. The woman finally reported the rapes to Victoria Police in 2007; police had known about the alleged abuse since 2005, when the woman first came forward, but could not act because she did not want to cooperate after her father threatened violence against her mother and siblings.

The Herald Sun reported that the family had been known to authorities for more than 30 years. Three of the man's children with his wife have died, and others have spent time in state care. The allegations first emerged in a report by News Limited, which said authorities had been warned of the man's activities years ago but had failed to investigate[3].

During the years of abuse, she gave birth to four of her father's children, each in major Melbourne hospitals; one child, a girl died from severe developmental problems soon after birth, and the three surviving boys have serious health problems. None of the children have fathers listed on their birth certificates, raising concerns about why questions were not asked at the time. The victim's mother claims to have been unaware of any abuse, despite sharing a house with her daughter, husband and grandchildren until 2005.

The woman decided to make a statement to police in February. She and her three surviving sons are being cared for by the authorities. The man was charged with 83 sexual abuse offences by police after DNA tests allegedly showed he was the father of her children.

He appeared in court in November 2009, where he pleaded guilty to 13 charges: 10 of incest, two of indecent assault of a girl under the age of 16, and one of assault. He also asked for the remaining 70 charges to be taken into consideration.

He faces life imprisonment, or a term well in excess of Victoria's record 20 year sentence for incest, when he is sentenced in February 2010.

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