A Sanctuary Point man charged with filming a person without consent to obtain sexual gratification has had his charges dismissed under the Mental Health Act.
Rolf Blundell, a 48-year-old man from Sanctuary Point, appeared at Nowra Local Court on August 11, 2019, charged with filming a person in a private act without consent to obtain sexual arousal.
Police alleged Blundell, while employed by Shoalhaven Hospital, filmed a mentally disabled man in his care naked and masturbating, and sent the footage to his then-partner in 2018.
In April of this year, he and his partner separated due to domestic violence issues, according to the police. Blundell's former partner then approached the health district and showed them the messages.
Blundell did not enter a plea and was discharged into the care of his doctor.
Police allege Blundell was employed at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital as a wardsman since September 2017. He performed some security duties, including spending time one-on-one with patients, as part of that role.
On September 1, 2018, an autistic man was admitted to the hospital for a medical condition. The man is non-verbal, and exhibits sexual behaviours as part of his condition.
"On that afternoon, the accused was communicating with the witness via Facebook messenger," police say.
"At about 2.30pm, the accused sent a message with a picture of the victim facing the camera, naked, with his hands over his genitals.
Police say the image was accompanied by a message from the accused reading "say hello to [name retracted], he's a little shit".
"At about 8pm the accused sent a video of the victim standing at a window naked and masturbating," police say.
Police say that footage was accompanied by a message that read: "[name retracted] lol."
On April 12, the health district contacted the police. On April 13, police spoke to Blundell while he was working at the hospital, and arrested him.
Blundell declined to be interviewed, but allegedly told police: "Yeah, I'm guilty."
"The evidence is there. I made a silly mistake."
Police seized Blundell's mobile and located an image and text which mirrored those sent to the witness.
Blundell is required to comply with his mental health treatment plan. If he does not comply he may be brought back before the court to face the charge again.