Childcare centre neglected to inform the parents of a five-year-old boy that he was allegedly assaulted by his carer.
An Adelaide court heard that a colleague at the eastern suburbs childcare centre, which cannot be identified for legal reasons, allegedly witnessed Peter John Gill fondling the boy.
The 51-year-old worked as a carer for 15 years and is on trial at the District Court after being charged with aggravated indecent assault, ABC News reported.
The colleague reported the alleged incident to her superior.
The court heard Gill was allegedly seen taking photographs of the boy on a mobile phone.
Prosecutor Mark Norman alleged the boy suffered a series of incidents but the centre never told the parents about the fondling.
The court heard the childcare centre and parents went to the police independently.
‘The childcare centre never raised it with the family — it appears the first time the family discovered the childcare centre complaint was by the police,’ Mr Norman said.
The prosecution alleged the boy first told his grandmother that a childcare worker touched his genitals.
The child then told his parents who went to the police.
His mother told the court of several instances where Gill would give her son too much attention, which made her feel uncomfortable.
She told the court she was seconds away from breaking up a hug between the two as it went on for an ‘uncomfortable amount of time’.
“I was seconds away from breaking it up it was that extended,” she told the court.
The prosecution alleges the childcare centre never informed the parents of the alleged incident.
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