Mum, dad sexually abused their daughters for 14 years

A NORTHERN Rivers couple has been found guilty on 89 charges relating to the sexual assault of their two daughters.

The parents, who can't be named for legal reasons, were arrested after Strike Force Wilbe was established in November 2011 by Lismore detectives to investigate allegations of ongoing sexual assault by the father.

During their investigations, detectives found the girls' mother had knowledge of the ongoing incidents and was involved in some of the sexual assaults with her husband.

The father was originally charged with 117 offences, which police alleged occurred between 1997 and 2011 on the Northern Rivers, in Sydney, Newcastle and at the homes of relatives.

Police alleged the sexual assaults on one of his daughters began when she was five and continued until she was 19.

It was also alleged the man incited the same daughter, when she was 12, to perform acts of sexual indecency on her mother.

Once information was revealed about the mother's involvement she was also charged.

When the charges were laid against the father, a warrant was issued for his arrest and he had to be extradited to Australia to be formally charged.

The couple appeared at Sydney's Downing Centre District Court on March 31 before Judge Sarah Huggett.

Following a three month trial, the father was found guilty by the jury on 73 charges and the mother was found guilty on 13 counts.

The couple were remanded in custody and will face the Downing Centre District Court for a sentencing hearing on September 22 and 23.

During that hearing Judge Huggett will set a date when she will sentence the couple.

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