A mental health nurse released on bail after allegedly grooming and raping his teenage patient had also told her he’d kill himself if she reported him, a court has heard. Adam Simon McGovern is accused of sexually assaulting the girl — who was just 14 at the time of the first alleged offence — a dozen times between 2016 and 2018. Police said it was while he worked for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Narrogin. Detectives intercepted a phone call between the 48-year-old and his alleged victim, during which he confirmed they were in a relationship, the Perth Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday. The prosecutor said Mr McGovern told the girl, who was once in his care as a patient, “if you report this, I’m going to kill myself”. The prosecutor strongly opposed bail, claiming the accused was in a position of authority over the mentally vulnerable girl and police feared there may be other victims yet to come forward. He said police found thousands of photos and videos of child exploitation material on McGovern’s devices, including images of his alleged victim. Some of the content allegedly included children being filmed unbeknown to them in public places, including on public transport, at public beaches, showers and outside schools in Perth. The court was also told Mr McGovern booked a one-way ticket to Bali after he was suspended by his employer for a separate professional complaint. “I’ve been suspended from work, let’s all move to Indo and never come back,” he allegedly wrote in a group chat with his friends. But his lawyer Tony Elliott argued Mr McGovern booked the flight before a complaint was made to police and that his friends had invited him on the trip months earlier. “It was a sort of throw-away line — ‘life is not perfect at the moment, here’s a way to deal with it’,” Mr Elliott said. “Someone else put an idea of this trip in his head.” He admitted that the offences his client was facing were serious and the case against him was strong but questioned the reliability of the complainant, describing her as “a troubled girl”. Mr Elliott argued there were strict bail conditions that could prevent his client from fleeing the country. Magistrate Sarah Oliver agreed that the assumption Mr McGovern booked the flight to escape arrest by police was based on no factual basis. She also refuted an argument from the prosecutor that it was in the public interest that Mr McGovern should not be granted bail. Magistrate Oliver imposed several strict conditions on Mr McGovern’s bail, including surrendering his passport, reporting to the Armadale police station daily, having no unsupervised contact with children and not contacting his alleged victim. She also ordered a total of $100,000 to be paid in surety and personal undertaking. Perth detectives executed a search warrant on Mr McGovern’s Mount Nasura home and arrested him on January 13. He was charged with 19 offences including 12 counts of sexually penetrating a child aged between 13 and 16, five counts of indecently dealing with a child aged between 13 and 16 and indecently recording a child. “His behaviour is believed to have been of a predatory nature, to prepare a child or young person for sexual activity at a later time,” police said in a statement on Wednesday. Mr McGovern’s partner, Araya Suwankam, was present in the public gallery during the hearing and shook her head while the allegations against him were made and hugged Mr Elliott after the hearing. Mr McGovern is set to return to court again in March. Anyone with information relating to this matter should visit Crime Stoppers or call 1800 333 000.