Disability carer charged over abuse of vulnerable people – Mt Druitt

Detectives have charged a disability carer with 16 offences following an investigation into the alleged abuse of vulnerable adults and children in Sydney’s west.

Last month, detectives from Surry Hills Police Area Command established Strike Force Hendra to investigate suspected abuse of residents at a disability care home in Mount Druitt, after gathering information from an unrelated investigation.

Following extensive inquiries, investigators attended a business in Parramatta, and arrested a 20-year-old man about 1pm yesterday (Friday 1 May 2020). The man’s mobile phone was seized for forensic examination.

A search warrant was executed at a house in Eastern Creek, where they seized items relevant to the ongoing investigation.

He was taken to Parramatta Police Station and charged with 11 counts of intentionally record intimate image without consent (DV), produce child abuse material, possess child abuse material, intentionally sexually touch child under 10 years and two counts of common assault.

Police will allege in court the man filmed intimate videos of five residents while in his care. The alleged videos captured physical and verbal abuse in incidents that occurred between June 2019 and April 2020.

It will be further alleged he recorded intimate and sexually abusive videos of two children aged between four and twelve.

The Eastern Creek man was refused bail to appear before Parramatta Bail Court today (Saturday 2 May 2020).

He has since been stood down from his position at the care home.

Inquiries under Strike Force Hendra continue.

Anyone with information about Strike Force Hendra is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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