Aussie youth prison guard admits asking inmates for oral sex, posting video

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More guards are being grilled by the Northern Territory juvenile justice royal commission, after a former youth justice officer admitted to jokingly asking detainees to perform oral sex on him.

Don Dale Detention Centre in the Northern Territory.

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Former Don Dale Detention Centre youth justice officer Conan Zamolo yesterday told the commission he also urged a child to eat feces and filmed a boy urinating.

But he denied allegations from three separate detainees that he recorded a child masturbating in the shower.

A youth prison inmate also gave evidence, stating guards bribed kids to fight each other for junk food.

All levels of the chain of command, from guards to ex politicians, will face questioning during the inquiry's two-week hearing in Darwin.

Former Don Dale guard Ben Kelleher is accused of attempting to cover a camera and swearing at former inmate Dylan Voller while standing over the cowering boy on his bed.

Mr Kelleher today denied Voller's allegation that he allowed other detainees to throw hot water or spit at him, telling the hearing Voller was "not well liked" among his peers.

Mr Kelleher said he had a tough upbringing in South Auckland, and felt obliged to teach the benefits of martial arts, which he says allowed vulnerable youths to let off steam in a controlled environment.

Previous Country Liberals Party government corrections minister John Elferink was sacked after footage of boys being tear-gassed was aired on national television and he also is expected to take the stand.

And former corrections commissioner Ken Middlebrook, who resigned after approving the gassing that sparked the inquiry, will also front the inquiry.

More past and present detainees, police, health experts and Aboriginal elders are also due to testify.

I was actually just going to say goodnight to them"
Former Don Dale Detention Centre youth justice officer Conan Zamolo

Appearing before the commission yesterday, Zamolo said he was "just mucking around" when he dared a child to "eat sh**" and posted the footage on social media app Snapchat in 2014.

"It's just the kids goofing around. Something to pass the day," Mr Zamolo told the inquiry's Darwin hearing.

"I can see now it was inappropriate."

Another clip filmed by the guard late at night shows a boy hiding under his sheet in his cell when Mr Zamolo calls out and makes a reference to fellatio.

"I was actually just going to say goodnight to them because I was leaving shift," Mr Zamolo said.

"I knew they'd take it as a joke, or I just assumed they would take it as a joke."

Other vision filmed by Mr Zamolo showed a boy looking uncomfortable while urinating in a toilet late at night, when the guard says "Oi, what are you doing, you little gay dog?"

The guard was never disciplined for any of those incidents, but was later sacked for an unrelated matter.

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