A father and son have been committed to stand trial in the Bendigo County Court charged with a series of sex offences against a female foster child.
Police allege Phillip Alan Jobson had sex with one of his foster children six times, while also procuring her for a sexual relationship with his adult son Jase Jobson.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
After a two-day committal hearing in the Bendigo Magistrates Court this week, Magistrate Peter Mealy decided there was enough evidence for the police case to go to trial.
Phillip Jobson is charged with six counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16, one count of procuring a child for sex and one count of inciting another person to have sex with a child.
The charges all relate to an underage girl who was living with the Jobsons at their Inglewood home as part of a DHS foster care placement.
The incidents of sexual penetration are alleged to have occurred between December 26, 2004 and March 31, 2005. It is alleged Phillip Jobson “incited” his son Jase Jobson to have sex with the girl between December 1, 2004 and March 31, 2005. Jase Jobson is charged with one count of sexual penetration of a child under 16.
Charges of procuring a child for sex and inciting with another person to have sex with a child, originally levelled at Jase Jobson, were discharged.
Jase Jobson’s defence counsel successfully argued that the focus of those two charges should be the person who did the alleged incitement and procuring, namely Phillip Jobson.
Phillip Jobson’s lawyer tried to argue there was not enough evidence for her client to be tried on the procurement and incitement charges either.
But prosecutor Melissa Mahady said there was a ‘‘causal connection’’ between Phillip Jobson’s behaviour and his son sexually penetrating the victim. Mr Mealy said a jury should determine if Phillip Jobson was guilty of the procurement and incitement charges.
He ordered the case to proceed for a criminal trial in the County Court. The case was adjourned to May 22 for a directions hearing.
Phillip and Jase Jobson had their bail extended to this date.