A mother had to "live a lie" for years until she was forced to reveal to her daughter that her father had raped her while she was a teenager, Birmingham Crown Court head.
The court was told that the secret was only revealed when the daughter discovered her father's name was not on her birth certificate.
In sentencing Errol Chapman, who committed the rape 24 years ago, to five years jail, Judge Phillip Gregory said what he had done had left the victim's life "in bits".
Chapman (53), of Grey Street, Bordesley Village, who also pleaded guilty to indecency, was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
The judge said: "You have left her life in bits. She has never come to terms with what you did to her.
"She had to live a lie with her daughter for many years until confronted by her and forced to tell her the truth. These are seriously aggravating elements of the offence of rape you committed."
Dennis Desmond, prosecuting, said the victim had only revealed the identity of the father to her daughter after several emotional breakdowns and that she had suffered feelings of guilt and anxiety.
He said she had gone to the police, that Chapman had initially denied having sex with her but DNA tests proved her account to be true.