‘We trusted him and he violated that’: Vile aged care worker, 63, who sexually assaulted an Alzheimer’s patient three months before she died is jailed for just ONE month
- Former aged care worker has been jailed for one month after assaulting woman
- Gary Cripps, 63, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on Friday
- He assaulted 62-year-old Jeanette Post while in his care at a nursing home
- Ms Post was suffering from Alzheimer’s and died three months after the assault
A former aged care worker has been jailed after admitting to sexually assaulting an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s three months before she died.
Gary Cripps, 63, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault in Geelong Magistrate Court near Melbourne on Friday.
The grandfather admitted to sexually assaulting 62-year-old Jeanette Post, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s and was staying at Sea Views Manor aged care home in Ocean Grove.
The grandfather admitted to sexually assaulting 62-year-old Jeanette Post (pictured right), who was suffering from Alzheimer’s
Outside court, the victim’s family expressed their concern about vulnerable patients being taken advantage of at nursing homes, the ABC reported.
Ms Post’s daughter, Jane Pigdon, told the court Cripps was a ‘predator’ who took advantage of her mother because she couldn’t say no.
‘To say his behaviour was repugnant I don’t think that gives it enough justice,’ she told 7 News outside court.
‘We trusted him and he violated that trust to a level that is indescribable.’
The court heard that the former aged care worker kissed the victim on her lips, face, chest and hands while she was under his care.
Ms Post was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in her 50s, and died just three months after she was assaulted.
The court heard the victim’s husband, who suffers from motor neurone disease, felt helpless after Ms Post was assaulted and now had regular panic attacks.
Gary Cripps (pictured), 63, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault in Geelong Magistrate Court
‘The fact that I couldn’t keep her safe devastates me. I cry every day,’ he wrote in a victim impact statement.
Cripps’ lawyer said the grandfather felt remorseful for his actions, and said he was experiencing a ‘personal meltdown’ at the time.
Magistrate Peter Mallas said the 63-year-old was trusted by the family to believe the victim was safe.
He was sentenced to just one month in jail, followed by an 18-month community corrections order.
Cripps will also be put on the sex offenders register for 15 years.
Ms Post’s other daughter, Sarah Holmes, is calling for better protection of patients as Cripps was sentenced to just one month behind bars.
‘I really hope that through the aged care royal commission that people listen to this story and we increase staffing and our ratios and money, and just recognise that the victims of these crimes in aged care are just so vulnerable,’ Ms Holes said.
‘It’s not just them who are victims, it’s the people who have placed their trust in a system that we think is broken.’
The court heard that the former aged care worker kissed the victim (centre) on her lips, face, chest and hands while she was under his care