A FORMER care home worker has been charged with sexually assaulting a resident.

Dylan Birkett is due to appear in court after he was charged with four offences, including sexual touching and inciting a person to engage in sexual activity.

The 20-year-old is alleged to have committed the offences at St Georges Nursing Home in Barrow towards the end of last year.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court on the provisional date of August 17.

Care home bosses said at the time of the alleged incident that Mr Birkett, of Marsh Street in Barrow, had been removed from his job.

The defendant has been charged with:

  • One count of a care worker engaging in sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder
  • One count of a carer ill-treating/wilfully neglecting a person without capacity
  • One count of a care worker causing/inciting sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder
  • One count of assault by beating

Police confirmed earlier in the year they had arrested a 20-year-old man who worked at the home on suspicion of sexual assault.

A spokeswoman said at the time: “Appropriate measures have been put in place at the home, to ensure the safety of all residents while the police investigation continues.”

St Georges Nursing Home, in Albert Street, is part of the Risedale Group.

Barbara Johnson, the director of nursing for the group, said after the arrest that it followed ‘33 years of unblemished nursing and residential care’.

“It is so very sad that one individual can blight the extremely high professional, loving care standards of so many caring and compassionate managers, nurses and carers,” she said.

The home was rated as good by the Care Quality Commission regulator in its most recent inspection. Inspectors called it ‘safe’, ‘effective’, ‘caring’, ‘responsive’ and ‘well-led'.