Married disability support carer, 43 jailed for having sex with vulnerable client in NSW

Married disability support carer 43 jailed for having sex with


Married disability support carer, 43, who had sex with a vulnerable client and suggested they be ‘friends with benefits’ is jailed

  • Adam Ledgerwood, 43, has pleaded guilty to having sex with vulnerable client 
  • Testimony that he hadn’t known his actions were criminal was rejected by judge
  • He was jailed for six years with a non-parole period of three years and six months










A NSW disability support carer who had sex with a vulnerable client has been jailed for at least three years and six months.

Adam Ledgerwood’s testimony that he hadn’t known his actions were criminal or immoral was rejected by Judge Justin Smith on Thursday.

The District Court judge jailed him for six years with a non-parole period of three years and six months.

The 43-year-old pleaded guilty to three counts of a carer having sexual intercourse with a client, who has a cognitive impairment, in 2019 on the NSW Central Coast.

He also asked the judge to take into account a fourth count.

Adam Ledgerwood, 43, a NSW disability support carer, pleaded guilty to three counts of a carer having sexual intercourse with a client, who has a cognitive impairment, in 2019 (stock image)

Adam Ledgerwood, 43, a NSW disability support carer, pleaded guilty to three counts of a carer having sexual intercourse with a client, who has a cognitive impairment, in 2019 (stock image)

Ledgerwood originally helped her once a week, but this increased to three days a week for four-hour shifts after her condition deteriorated.

The woman, aged in her 30s, had been hospitalised after seizures, becoming extremely vague and suffering memory loss, and needing help with day-to-day activities.

According to the agreed statement of facts, Ledgerwood and the client had a friendly relationship and used to joke around.

But he instigated a sexual relationship after touching her intimately shortly after giving her a massage.

She later responded by saying ‘what are you doing, it is going to ruin everything’ noting he was married with a family.

He then said it was OK ‘so long as we keep it between us’ and later said she could carry on being friends or be a ‘f*** buddy.

The offending occurred in her home with the last act causing her to bleed due to his penis ring.

She texted him about her pain saying ‘your piercing butchered me’.

He replied asking if she had a hot water bottle, saying ‘I am not going to touch you again (like that)’ and ‘no more hanky panky’.

The prosecutor disputed his evidence that he meant no more sex, suggesting he was saying no more hanky panky involving injury to her.

‘You intended to maintain a ‘f*** buddy’ relationship with her that did not involve injuring her by accident?’ she suggested.

‘No,’ he replied.

After she told him she was returning to her mother’s home and didn’t need his help any more, he sent her apologies and said he hoped the situation would not be ‘leaked to the wrong people’ and he would be ‘totally destroyed’.

The carer's testimony that he hadn't known his actions were criminal was rejected by the judge at Sydney's Downing Centre and he has been jailed for at least three years and six months (stock image of Sydney Downing Centre)

The carer’s testimony that he hadn’t known his actions were criminal was rejected by the judge at Sydney’s Downing Centre and he has been jailed for at least three years and six months (stock image of Sydney Downing Centre)

When arrested, he denied having a sexual relationship with the client but said ‘it has come close though, we were close friends’.

In his evidence, Ledgerwood said he was highly remorseful and can’t apologise enough to the woman and her friends for what he had done.

In rejecting his claims about not realising having sex with his client was criminally or morally wrong, Judge Smith noted he shifted his position to say he had been ‘vaguely’ aware he had crossed boundaries.

While he had some reservations about the genuineness of Ledgerwood’s remorse, the judge noted his early guilty pleas and found he had reasonable prospects of rehabilitation.

‘Here there was a close relationship that developed over time,’ the judge said.

Ledgerwood used the emotional connection to lead to a physical one which continued to sexual intercourse even when the victim showed considerable hesitation, he said

General deterrence was important in such cases to protect a vulnerable group of people in society from offences which were difficult to detect.



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