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PATERSON (New Jersey) - A MAN whose apocalyptic visions allegedly led him to rape his five daughters and terrorize his family for years was found guilty on Wednesday of sexually assaulting a daughter who testified that she bore him a child.
The jury deliberated for less than three hours over two days before finding the man guilty on all of the eight counts in the first of five separate trials - one for each daughter he is accused of victimising.
The man showed no reaction to the verdict, other than keeping his eyes closed for extended periods while several of the counts were read.
Jurors endured more than three weeks of testimony that at times - especially when the daughter testified against her father - was so sexually explicit and graphic that one juror exiting the courtroom after Wednesday's verdict yelled out: 'It's over! Finally we can breathe.' The daughter, now 24, testified the man began sexually assaulting her when she was 8, and then regularly raping her until she bore him a child at 15.
Forensics experts testified earlier in the trial that DNA profiles showed the defendant was likely the father of his own grandchild.
The Associated Press doesn't identify victims of sexual crimes and is not reporting the names of the man, his former wife or any family members to protect the identities of the children, now over 18.
Dad raped 5 daughters