The details of the offending are graphic and may be upsetting to some, but Velas said it was important people knew what her stepfather did so they could understand her struggle.
After a trial in the Auckland District Court Mihail Bourduk, 51, was found guilty by a jury of attempted sexual connection and two charges performing an indecent act on a young person.
Bourduk denied throughout the trial, and continues to deny, that he abused his stepdaughter.
However he was convicted on all charges and sentenced to eight months' home detention.
The 51-year-old became Galina Velas' stepfather when she was 6 years old, after being in a relationship with her mother for some time.
The family were living in St Petersburg, Russia, but when Velas was 13 they emigrated to New Zealand, arriving in Auckland in March 1995.
The family moved into a small, one-bedroom flat in Onehunga and all slept together on a mattress.
In September 1995 Velas was asleep on the mattress when Bourduk when he moved in close behind her and tried to push his penis through her legs towards her genitals.
She tried to move away but could not, and, afraid of what was going to happen, squeezed her legs together and coughed loudly enough to wake her mother.
Only when his wife stirred did Bourduk stop.
In another incident in the flat Bourduk and Velas were sitting on the couch watching television when he stretched out his legs and started pressing her genitals over her clothing with his feet.
Soon after the family moved to a house in Beach Haven and Velas had her own bedroom.
The court heard that she would often walk out of her room and see Bourduk without any pants on.
During her teenage years Velas suffered from bad skin, and Bourduk's third charge came as a result of him offering her a "solution" to her problem.
He told his stepdaughter that sperm was "very good for the skin" and when he got the opportunity, followed her into the bathroom and masturbated in front of her, into a container.
He then told Velas, about 14-years-old at the time, "to apply it to her face".
Date of Birth
1966 (D.O.B. is approximate)
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Associated Media Links Mikhail Bourduk Sentencing Notes
Sex abuse survivor: I'm taking my life back, I'm not your victim anymore
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