WA babysitter Jareth Harries-Markham jailed for sexually abusing 16 children in his care

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A West Australian babysitter has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually abusing 16 children – one of them as young as eight months – and taking them in during the horrific assaults.

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Jareth Harries-Markham, 25, raped, assaulted and took in 16 children – the eldest just nine years old – over a 14-month period between July 2020 and August last year.

He claimed to be a babysitter and au pair and to have abused children he cared for and others visiting for playdates.

Reporting the sickening 141 offenses to the WA Supreme Court on Tuesday, the prosecutor nearly burst into tears as he explained the extent of Harries-Markham’s disturbing offence.

Court hearings were previously told how Harries-Markham posted ads online claiming he had more than four years of experience, a police permit and a Working With Children card.

Sold online as an experienced au pair, Harries-Markham was welcomed by his parents – and he betrayed them.

The court was told that Harries-Markham used objects to harm the children and recorded the abuse on his phone.

He kept the recorded child abuse footage and transferred the videos to hard drives.

Jareth Harries-Markham claimed to be an experienced babysitter and au pair when he sexually abused children as young as eight months old. Recognition: Facebook

The Bennett Springs man was only stopped in August last year when one of his young victims told her parents what had happened to them.

After his arrest, more victims were identified and more families came forward.

Harries-Markham admitted to the crime against the eight-month-old baby and told police he was curious.

He denied some crimes and told a psychiatrist he had no recollection of what happened to his other victims, although he kept chronicling himself.

He told his lawyers he loved the children and did not want to harm them.

Harries-Markham is eligible for parole in 2036.

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James Brien

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