A 14-year-old "high needs" girl was reportedly raped repeatedly while in foster care home - yet her attacker was never taken to court.
The Daily Telegraph reports that a young girl, known only as "Girl X", was reportedly raped multiple times by two youth workers over a five-month period. The youth workers were allegedly having sex with her during “sleepover shifts”.
DNA evidence later all but proved the identity of her alleged attacker. The odds of the youth worker being innocent were estimated to be “100 billion to one”.
However, the case was never fully prosecuted by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). And it was only after the youth worker applied for a Working With Children Check that the horrific details of the case emerged.
The move has been described as "beyond disturbing" by Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard who has ordered the DPP to review evidence to "ensure justice prevails", reports The Daily Telegraph.
The girl has subsequently died (and the cause of her death is unknown). The case was dropped after her death.