Corrective Services officer to appear in court over alleged sexual assaults of female prisoners

A Kurrajong man who works as a Corrective Services officer is due to face court today (Thursday) over the alleged ongoing sexual abuse of inmates at Berkshire Park's Dillwynia Correctional Centre.

The 62-year-old was arrested shortly after 9am yesterday (Wednesday, February 20) and charged with six counts of aggravated sexual assault (victim under authority of offender), three counts of aggravated indecent assault (victim under authority of offender), two counts of incite aggravated indecency (victim 16 or over under authority), and misconduct in public office.

The man is arrested by strike force detectives yesterday. Picture: NSW Police.

The man is arrested by strike force detectives yesterday. Picture: NSW Police.

Police will allege the man sexually assaulted two female inmates at the correctional facility on numerous occasions between 2016 and 2017.

In October 2018, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Corrective Services Investigation Unit commenced the investigation under Strike Force Nautilus, after reports female inmates had been sexually and indecently assaulted.

He was refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court today (Thursday).

The man’s employment with Corrective Services NSW has since been suspended, police said in a statement.

Corrective Services Investigation Unit Commander, Detective Inspector Robert Hollows, commended the work of Strike Force Nautilus detectives.

“Our investigators work closely with Corrective Services NSW to target any corrupt or illegal activity that may occur within these facilities,” he stated.

“By taking swift and appropriate action we hope to prevent these types of behaviours which pose a risk to the security of the facilities and the safety of other staff and inmates.”

Investigations under Strike Force Nautilus continue.