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Care home worker who put ‘penis in resident’s mouth’ said it was for ‘comfort’

A care home worker sexually assaulted a vulnerable resident to 'comfort' her, a court has heard.

Samuel Shaheen repeatedly kissed the woman and touched her breasts and bum, and put his penis in her mouth while telling her it was their "little secret".

Ian Wright, prosecuting, said Shaheen was a qualified nurse in his home country but was working as a care assistant at a residential home in Neath Port Talbot when he carried out the sexual acts, reported Wales Online.

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He said on multiple occasions the defendant kissed the woman, touched her breasts and bottom, placed her hand on his erect penis, and put his penis in her mouth.

The prosecutor said the victim of the acts was a woman with a range of physical and psychiatric health issues.

The court heard the 46-year-old carer told the woman not to tell anyone about what was going on, and that it would be their "little secret".

He also showed her photos of his wife and children in Pakistan, and said while his wife was "number one" she was his "number two".

The victim did not report what was going on for some time but eventually went to the care home manager, and the police were then notified.

Shaheen was arrested at his sister-in-law's house in Newport, and in his interviews admitted the alleged acts but maintained they had been consensual, and then said he had been acting out of kindness in providing "comfort" to the woman with his kissing and touching.

In an impact statement which was read to the court the victim said the abuse had left her feeling she could no longer trust anyone, and she said she believes the experience had worsened her mental health.

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Judge Christopher Vosper KC said he had not doubt Shaheen had groomed the woman and taken advantage of her to carry out sexual acts, and the victim had then been too frightened to report what was going on.

He said the experienced probation officer who had written the pre-sentence report had real concerns about the defendant's lack of appreciation of the seriousness of what he had done, and the risk of future offending.

With a one-third discount for his guilty pleas Shaheen was sentenced to four years in prison – He will serve up to half that period in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.

He will be on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life, and was made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

The judge told the defendant it may be that when he is released at the half-way point of the sentence he would detained in an immigration centre.

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