A former guard at an Australian youth detention centre has admitted filming himself asking teenage inmates for oral intercourse.
Conan Zamolo’s testimony got here throughout a royal fee inquiry into youth detention within the Northern Territory.
The fee was launched final yr after pictures displaying inmates being strip-searched and positioned in a spit hood drew widespread condemnation.
Mr Zamolo mentioned his requests for oral intercourse had been “a joke”.
“I used to be truly simply going to say goodnight to them as a result of I used to be leaving shift,” Mr Zamolo mentioned on Monday.
“I knew they’d take it as a joke, or I simply assumed they’d take it as a joke.”
Mr Zamolo additionally admitted to urging one other inmate to eat faeces, and to filming a boy urinating.
“On the time I did not suppose it was inappropriate, however now I see how inappropriate it’s,” he mentioned.
He claimed he had a great relationship with the detainees.
The incidents occurred on the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, the place Mr Zamolo labored from 2012 to 2014.
The Royal Fee into the Safety and Detention of Kids within the Northern Territory follows widespread condemnation of the remedy of detainees at Don Dale in 2014 and 2015.
In 2015, Amnesty Worldwide described the regime on the centre as “institutionalised brutality”, with youngsters being held in solitary confinement with no entry to mild or water for lengthy durations.