A woman has claimed she was sexually assaulted by a staff member while visiting the Darlington Retirement Village earlier this year.
A woman has claimed she was sexually assaulted by a staff member while visiting the Darlington Retirement Village earlier this year. Tweed Daily News/Blainey Woodham

Sexual assault claim

A WOMAN has claimed she was sexually assaulted by a Darlington Retirement Community staff member while visiting her mother at the Banora Point village.

The Brisbane couple accuse the retirement village management of sweeping the incident under the carpet, but RSL Care CEO Ross Smith says the woman was happy with an investigation that was conducted.

According to an official complaint sent to the Banora Point village's management on February 9, the alleged victim bent over a high-backed chair to kiss her mother during a visit on February 5.

“The next moment I felt someone pressing their body against my back and bottom, hitting me three times on my right bottom, then squeezing and hugging me under the right arm,” she wrote.

“It happened very fast. As I saw him I pushed him away with my left arm.”

She said her partner was right next to her at the time and became so furious he had to leave the room.

Later, she returned to the village and told the man how angry her partner was, to which he allegedly replied: “Tell him to get a life”.

The woman said she was left speechless when the man told her he had performed a similar act on a female staff member in the past.

The alleged victim and her partner have spoken to police about the incident and say they were told their statements would be investigated.

Mr Smith told the Tweed Daily News it had been an “inappropriate incident in a public area”.

He said the staff member was counselled and agreed to apologise to the woman, but she did not want the apology or any further action.

“We thought it was closed because the lady said she didn't want further action,” Mr Smith said.

“If we thought it was a matter where we had to stand someone down, we would.”

He said the woman's partner was the one not happy about the outcome.

“In the event they choose to pursue further action we would co-operate with the police they reported it to,” Mr Smith said.

Tweed Heads police said yesterday they could not confirm the complaint, but that did not mean one had not been made.

The woman now ignores the carer when she visits her mother.

“I don't want to see him again when I go and visit my mum,” she told the Tweed Daily News.

“If he is like that with me, what is he like with staff members and the aged people he cares for?”

The woman's mother suffers from Alzheimer's and has lived in the complex's secure ward for two years.

The woman's partner said he believed the man had let the RSL down and could no longer be trusted with patients.



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