Carer who filmed vulnerable adults in degrading prank slammed by judge

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A CARER who filmed vulnerable adults with severe learning disabilities as part of a degrading prank has been slammed by a judge who condemned his actions.

Robert Hoggarth, 68, filmed four disabled men at Warren Road Day Centre, in Hartlepool, before adding computer generated images via a phone application.

Hoggarth, of Felixstowe Close, Hartlepool, was found guilty of six offences of ill treatment of a person who lacks capacity under Section 44 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, when he stood trial earlier this year.

Returning to Teesside Crown Court for sentencing this morning, Hoggarth was handed a 12 month community order with supervision and ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton said: “Essentially what you did was take advantage of these people for your own amusement. You took these images to make fun of them.

“It was a gross abuse of trust and you are to be punished for it.”