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Aged care worker accused of sexual assault granted bail

A carer accused of sexually assaulting an elderly resident at an aged-care facility in Sydney’s southwest will fight the allegation after appearing in court

Michael William Schuppe, 59, was on Sunday granted bail after he was charged on Saturday over the alleged incident in October.

They allege that Schuppe¬†inserted his right-hand middle finger inside the 89-year-old’s vagina while he and another carer were helping the woman prepare for bed at the Picton facility.

His alleged victim has “extreme dementia” according to court documents seen by AAP.

The two carers had just lifted the woman from her wheelchair using a sling and given her a sponge bath when Schuppe allegedly carried out the assault while fitting the woman with a night pad, the documents say.

Schuppe’s co-worker allegedly remembers the woman yelling “don’t do that”.

But the co-worker didn’t come forward initially – rather she marked the date on a calendar with the letters ‘M.S.C.V’ which police allege is code referring to the incident.

Weeks later, on November 29, the coworker reported that Schuppe was “doing bad things” around the home and he was suspended.

He appeared at Parramatta Bail Court via videolink on Sunday charged with aggravated sexual assault.

He sat silently in a tiny room at Amber Laurel correctional centre in Sydney’s west, shaking his head as police prosecution warned that he was a danger to vulnerable people.

Despite no criminal history or violent convictions, the prosecution said, a custodial sentence would be “inevitable” if he were found guilty.

But Schuppe’s lawyer told the court he “strenuously denied” the allegation and had a spotless record – he also cared for his own mother as a high-need patient.

His suspension from work, the court heard, meant vulnerable elderly people were not at risk.

The court agreed to grant his bail as long as he did not look for work in the aged care sector and reports daily to police.

The matter is expected before Picton Local Court in January 22.

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