Four men and a teenage boy have been arrested in relation to the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl at a party earlier this year.
The alleged incident was not reported to police but officers stumbled across disturbing footage as part of another investigation.
In May, police seized a go-pro camera as part of a police operation targeting graffiti offences. As part of that operation, they found a video depicting multiple sexual assaults of a teenage girl by a number of male offenders.
Police will allege up to eight males were in the room at the time of the assaults, with a number of them sexually assaulting the girl.
The matter was referred to State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad and detectives were able to determine the assaults took place at a party in St Clair in May this year.
Police have identified the teenage girl and spoken with her.
It is understood the girl was unconscious during the ordeal and she did not recall much about the incident. It is understood the video lasts some 16 minutes.
Yesterday, police arrested four men and one teenager, all of whom have been charged in relation to the sexual assaults.
A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named, was arrested at a home on Discovery Avenue, Willmot, and taken to Mt Druitt Police Station where he was charged with:
– Aggravated sexual assault in company x 2;
– Attempted aggravated sexual assault;
– Aggravated indecent assault x 2; and,
– Resist police.
He has been bail-refused and was to appear at a children’s court today.
24-year-old Kurt Stevenson was arrested at Penrith Police Station and charged with three counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault in Company.
He fronted court today via video link and will remain in custody until another court appearance next week.
Another 24-year-old man, Ayden Devereux, was arrested at Mt Druitt Police Station and charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault in Company and Filming a Person Engaged in a Private Act.
He was refused bail in Mt Druitt Court today and will re-appear on December 10.
A 23-year-old man, Andrew Waters, was arrested at Penrith Police Station and charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault in Company and Aggravated Indecent Assault.
He did not apply for bail today and will remain in custody until another court appearance in December.
A 25-year-old man, Tristan Carlyle-Watson, was arrested at St Marys Police Station and charged with concealing a serious indictable offence.
He applied for bail but it was refused.
Police are encouraging any victim of sexual assault to report the matter to police so it can be fully investigated and victims can be referred to counselling and support services.