Childcare worker gets 8 months for assault

A former childcare supervisor is set to spend less than a year in jail after a series of aggravated indecent assaults against an eight-year-old girl.

Nikki Stoupe, 29, was sentenced to a non-parole period of eight months on Friday after pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated indecent assault against the child over six months in 2012.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of secretly filming the girl while she was on the toilet at after-school care in Sydney’s northwest.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Chris Craigie noted Stoupe was engaged in a rehabilitation program and presented a low risk of reoffending.

“But the court has a responsibility to see that the offender has been seen to have been held accountable,” he said.

“In the present circumstances I have come to the view that while giving weight to the offender’s contrition and rehabilitation, a sentence of imprisonment must be imposed.”

Stoupe said nothing as he sat in the dock at Parramatta District Court on Friday.

He secretly filmed the girl while she went to the toilet in April 2012, about two months before the sexual abuse began.

Judge Craigie said the filming could not be explained rationally or decently.

“While this was undoubtedly a disgraceful act, it preceded a course of conduct against the victim that escalated,” he said.

Stoupe previously told the court he felt “contentment” when he had his hand up the victim’s skirt.

He had worked for The Cubby House, which ran the after-school care program, for six years and was a supervisor when he carried out the abuse.

He told a sentencing hearing last month that in July 2012 he had the girl on his knee as he sat behind his desk, and put his hand up her skirt and touched her.

The court heard the girl was attacked again in September 2012 after she came to him sweaty, shaking and appearing sick.

A parent walked in and later informed management that it was inappropriate for Stoupe to have the young child on his lap and he was given a formal warning, the court heard.

But two weeks later he again indecently assaulted the victim in a storage room.

A week later he was fired and began contemplating suicide.

Stoupe has told the court he felt ashamed and appalled by his behaviour.


AAP

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