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Man arrested over Victorian aged care sex attack

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A 23-year-old man has been arrested over a sexual assault in Victorian aged care home.

A 90-year-old was assaulted in bed at the facility in St Albans Park about 4.45am on Sunday.

Sexual Crimes Squad Detective Acting Inspector Mark Burnett said she was able to set off an alarm during the assault.

“She’s a fighter, she fought the attacker, she was able at one point to activate her personal distress alarm,” he told reporters.

“That’s resulted in nursing staff attending and scaring away … the attacker.”

A St Albans Park man was arrested on Monday morning and is being interviewed by police.

“I understand how much concern an incident like this causes in the community, so being able to make an arrest in just over 24 hours is reassuring,” Sexual Crimes Squad Detective Acting Inspector Mark Burnett said in a statement.

“Our thoughts are with the victim and her family at this time and they will be offered a range of support services.”

The woman had been injured and was taken to hospital after the incident.

Detective Burnett said nurses who confronted the man and scared him off had shown great courage.

But he said the incident was “very confronting” because the victim was vulnerable, and has been left shaken and injured.

It’s not yet known how he managed to get inside the home.


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