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Families SA abuser "destroyed" girl's trust

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A victim of a former Families SA carer who sexually abused two girls in his care says the ordeal has left her fearful and unable to trust people.

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Aaron Sean Jaede, 34, appeared by a video-link in the South Australian District Court on Monday after pleading guilty to five counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 14 years and one count of aggravated indecent assault.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, one of the victims, who wasn’t identified, said she sometimes cries herself to sleep at memories of the abuse.

“They remind me over and over of what happened to me, and I am left even worse than I already (was),” the court heard.

She said she has also been left fearful at what Jaede might do on his release from prison.

“I worry he might somehow find me and hurt me again,” she said.

Jaede abused the two girls between 2013 and 2016 while he was employed by Families SA, which has since changed its name to the Department for Child Protection.

The victim said she gets “extremely mad” about the government’s role in her ordeal.

“I know they try their best to… keep children in a safe environment by getting them workers to help look after us, only to end up putting children like myself in even more danger,” the statement read.

“It can destroy any faith or trust children have towards people who could actually help them, like it has me.”

Outside court, the victim’s mother said her daughter has turned to drugs and alcohol after the offending.

She said she no longer has contact with her daughter, but the abuse was personally a “life sentence”.

“You don’t just get to walk away from it at the end of the day,” she said.

The court heard the offending demonstrates a gross breach of trust and falls into the most serious category.

Jaede was remanded in custody and will be sentenced in August.

– AAP

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