Jareth Thomas Harries-Markham: Babysitter pleads guilty to raping baby and sexually abusing other children

A babysitter has pleaded guilty to more than 100 offences, including raping a baby and sexually abusing several other children.

Jareth Thomas Harries-Markham was originally charged with 221 child sex offences, but this week he faced Perth Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to 141 charges, including multiple counts of sexual penetration of a child under 13.

Other charges included multiple counts of indecently recording and indecently dealing with a child.

The remaining charges against the 24-year-old were discontinued.

Police previously revealed Harries-Markham committed his crimes between July 2020 and August last year while he was working as a babysitter.

“It is alleged that the man advertised his services through an online babysitting service,” police said in a statement at the time.

Harries-Markham was arrested on August 22 at his Bennett Springs home after a police raid.

Police revealed at the time that they seized child exploitation material as well as several gel blasters and “edged weapons”.

Harries-Markham is scheduled to face the West Australian Supreme Court on September 27.

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