A Haydock care home worker who sneaked into the room of an elderly resident with dementia in order to sexually molest her has been jailed.
A court heard that 44-year-old Derek Rigby repeatedly took advantage of the woman, who was in her eighties and had suffered a series of mini strokes.
Her daughter became suspicious and placed a hidden “nanny cam” in the room and caught him in the act.
Michael Stephenson, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court how suspicions were raised when the victim told her daughter that a male member of staff was undressing her at night and coming into her room for a “kiss and a cuddle.” When Rigby came in to give her some medicine she identified him as the culprit.
Once the hidden camera was in place it was only two nights before it caught him removing the woman’s bra and molesting her. He also encouraged her to perform an indecent act on him.
The court heard that the victim had a severe change in her personality following a series of strokes and she had become “disinhibited”.
Rigby, a father-of-two, had noticed this and even reported it to staff at Colliers Court, in Haydock, but despite this began his campaign of abuse.
Rigby, of Hawkley Hall, pleaded guilty to four charges of engaging in sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder between December 2013 and June this year. One specific incident which was recorded and shown to the judge.
Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said: “Anyone who sees your actions on that night will be shocked and horrified at the gross breach of trust by you toward this vulnerable person.
“People,who have relatives in care are entitled to expect that their loved ones will be looked after and cared for appropriately and not subject to systematic sexual abuse at the hands of someone in a senior position.”
He jailed Rigby for 30 months, ordered him to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and banned him from working with vulnerable adults and children.
Joseph Kotrie-Monson, defending, said Rigby was suffering from stress and exhaustion at the time and otherwise had an excellent and unblemished record from his six years working in the care industry.
He added that his life was “in tatters” but his friends and wife were standing by him.