Detectives have charged the 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, acting on information gathered from an unrelated investigation.
Following extensive inquiries, investigators attended a business in Parramatta and arrested a 20-year-old man about 1pm Friday.
The man’s mobile phone was seized for forensic examination.
A search warrant was executed at a house in Eastern Creek, where relevant to the ongoing investigation were seized.
The man was taken to Parramatta Police Station and charged with 11 counts of intentionally recording intimate images without consent, producing child abuse material, possessing child abuse material, intentionally sexually touching a 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.
Addressing the media on Saturday, Detective Chief Inspector Adam Johnson said the crime was a severe breach of trust of those in the man’s care.
“The victims that were alleged in this matter are the most vulnerable members in our community. The person the allegations are made against was in an absolute position of responsibility and they have breached that trust in the worst possible scenario.
“Very vulnerable members of the community that really rely on those people that are put in positions to care for them, and it’s disgusting behaviour.”
Detective Johnson also confirmed that police first came across the alleged offender late last year in relation to another investigation.
“Surry Hills Police originally came across this male late last year in a proactive approach, in a vehicle. He was charged with a number of drug-related offences,” he confirmed, adding, “Those matters are also before the court.”
The Eastern Creek man was refused bail to appear before Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday, May 2.
He has since been stood down from his position at the care home.
The investigation is ongoing.