Authorities are reeling after a childcare worker charged with the attempted rape of a two-year-old boy at a Brisbane childcare centre was released on bail.
A family friend allegedly walked in on the 20-year-old man abusing the toddler at the centre in Brisbaneâ€™s west just after 6pm on Friday.
â€œUpon entering the childcare centre the child wasnâ€™t there â€¦ she searched further an in one of the back rooms of the childcare centre she was confronted with a 20-year-old employee from the childcare centre committing a sexual assault on the two-year-old boy,â€ Acting Superintendent Geoff Sheldon said.
â€œShe quickly grabbed the child and vacated, went and got the childâ€™s mother and they came straight to the police station and made a complaint.â€
The man was arrested and charged with attempted rape, enter a premises with intent to commit and deprivation of liberty, but the charges could be upgraded as a result of medical tests, police said.
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â€œUnfortunately the child canâ€™t verbalise at two years of age what has and hasnâ€™t happened to him and as such has undergone forensic procedures for evidence purposes and that in itself is traumatic,â€ Act. Supt Sheldon said.
Police also allegedly discovered child exploitation material on the manâ€™s computer during a search of his home.
â€œYou can’t imagine much worse can you, itâ€™s a horrible breach of trust â€“ you take your child to a childcare centre and you physically see an employee committing a sexual act on your son â€“ I can’t imagine anything worse as a parent myself,â€ Act. Supt Sheldon said.
Child protection advocate and Bravehearts spokeswoman Carol Ronkin said the allegations should spark action.
â€œThis is a bit of a wake-up call for everyone who works with children, particularly the childcare industry,â€ Ms Ronkin said.
Health Minister Cameron Dick said the allegations were sickening.
â€œAs a father, nothing makes your stomach turn more than to hear those sorts of allegations,â€ Mr Dick said.
Authorities advised they could not comment on whether the man had a blue card, but the cards are compulsory for anyone who works with children in Queensland and require a Working with Children check.
â€œWeâ€™re not in a position from a blue card perspective to talk about the specifics of this case,â€ Public Safety Business Agency Acting Director Community Information Compliance Kate Deere said.
â€œA blue card when itâ€™s issued is valid for three years, and we do have daily monitoring with the Queensland Police.â€
The man received bail after a brief appearance. The child exploitation material matter will be heard in court on Friday before the matters are joined and heard on Monday, October 12.
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