An Ashley Youth Detention Centre worker who was stood down is still in limbo two months after he was told he would have answers.
Shaun Bartlett was charged over the alleged assault of two youths at the centre in July last year.
He was accused of using “excessive force” when relocating them to a room after a “stand-off” between detainees and staff members.
During a two-day hearing in July this year, the Launceston Magistrates Court heard detainees displayed “threatening” and “violent” behaviour in the days and weeks prior to the alleged assaults.
Magistrate Sharon Cure found Mr Bartlett’s actions were “reasonable” and the charges against him were dismissed.
The Examiner revealed last week, however, that Mr Bartlett was still suspended from work duties.
It is understood the Department of Health and Human Services continued with an independent investigation following the hearing and Mr Bartlett was interviewed by an investigator.
He was told the investigator’s report would be provided to the department “early next week” and he would also receive a copy – that was late-August.
We are finding this whole process quite bizarre.Robbie Moore, Health and Community Services Union
Now, two months later and Mr Bartlett remains in limbo, unable to return to work.
Health and Community Services Union acting state secretary Robbie Moore said it was a “difficult situation”, with Mr Bartlett still being paid, but the union still had its concerns.
“It is just the uncertainty for him and the fact that there doesn’t seem to be anything happening,” he said.
“He should be able to return to his workplace, he wants to get back and do his job and I’m sure his colleagues want to see him back.
“For it to take this long, given the court has dealt with the matter … we are finding this whole process quite bizarre.”
Mr Bartlett was unable to comment on the matter, but he spoke to The Examiner after the hearing in July.
“I’m looking forward to putting this behind me and going back to work,” he said at the time.
“It’s been a bit of a hectic situation but I’m glad the way it’s turned out.”