Breaking News Today

Disgraced former MP denied bail over alleged sexual abuse of boys

Published: (Updated: ) in Australian News by .

Orkopoulos, 62, appeared briefly in Newcastle Local Court on Tuesday via audio-visual link from Sydney’s Long Bay prison.

Disgraced former NSW Labor minister Milton Orkopoulos has appeared in court after being accused of sexually abusing two boys in the 1990s.

Orkopoulos, 62, appeared briefly in Newcastle Local Court today via audio-visual link from Sydney's Long Bay prison.

Defence lawyer Omar Juweinat told the court Orkopoulos had since his arrest yesterday been moved into the prison's maximum security area.

Orkopoulos had been held in the prison's less secure remand section before Lake Macquarie detectives charged him with fresh child abuse offences.

Magistrate John Chicken adjourned the case to August 20 when the police brief of evidence against Orkopoulos was expected to be complete.

Mr Chicken ordered authorities to assess Orkopoulos for mental health issues.

Orkopoulos, wearing glasses and prison greens, said nothing during the brief hearing and did not apply for bail, which was formally refused.

Police allege the former NSW Labor MP sexually and indecently assaulted two boys known to him on separate occasions in the 1990s at locations in Lake Macquarie and on the NSW Mid North Coast.

Orkopoulos has been charged with 15 offences including aggravated indecent assault with a person under 16 years of age, committing an act of indecency with a person under 16 years, aggravated sexual assault and causing a child aged under 14 to participate in child prostitution.

He spent 11-and-a-half years in jail after he was convicted of 30 child sex, drug and child pornography offences between 1995 and 2006.

Orkopoulos was granted parole in December 2019.

He was arrested in January for allegedly setting up an Instagram account and not telling police within the required seven days.


He had his parole revoked in February after Corrective Services NSW officers told police he used the mobile phone of a fellow resident at the Malabar halfway house where he lives in Sydney's south-east.

Source: 9News

Share This
Finance Advice 2021