Prison Guard Charged Over 'Ongoing Sexual Abuse' Of Inmates
A senior NSW corrections officer has been suspended over the alleged sexual abuse of multiple inmates under his guard at a women's prison.
Wayne Astill was arrested on Wednesday morning following reports female inmates had been sexually and indecently assaulted on numerous occasions at a correctional centre in Sydney's west.
Police allege Astill assaulted two female inmates at the Dillwynia Dillwynia Correction Centre on numerous occasions between 2016 and 2017.
The 62-year-old was charged with 12 counts of sexual assault and spent the night behind bars at Windsor Police Station after being refused bail.
The arrest follows a joint investigation between NSW Police and Correctional Services after the allegations surfaced in October last year.
A spokeswoman for Corrective Services NSW told 10 News First the alleged behaviour was "unacceptable".
"All inmates are being reminded of the avenues available to them to report any instances of such behaviour, including CSNSW staff, the NSW Ombudsman, NSW Police and official visitors," the spokeswoman said.
"Allegations of this nature are extremely rare and do not reflect upon the vast majority of our staff, who would be disgusted by these allegations."
Dillwynia Correction Centre, located 56 kilometres north-west of Sydney, houses about 260 female offenders and is considered a minimum to medium security facility.
Astill was immediately suspended from duty without pay and is due to appear in Penrith Local Court court on Thursday.
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