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Unrepentant paedophile and Hey Dad! sitcom star Robert Hughes will remain in prison for child sex offences after a decision on his parole was delayed.
The New South Wales State Parole Authority (SPA) is again considering releasing the 73-year-old after previously determining he remained an unacceptable risk to community safety.
Hughes has continually maintained his innocence, insisting he is the victim of false allegations, and not receiving treatment for his perverted desires.
The actor was jailed for a maximum of 10 years and nine months in 2014 after a jury found him guilty of 10 charges relating to sexual and indecent acts against four girls in the 1980s and 1990s.
Convicted child sex offender and Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes will have to wait for a decision on his parole. He was jailed for a maximum of 10 years and nine months in 2014 after a jury found him guilty of 10 charges relating to sexual and indecent acts against four young girls
Former co-star Sarah Monahan played Hughes’s on-screen daughter (pictured on Hughes’s lap) and said he should not be released until he took responsibility for his crimes
He had sexually touched children as young as seven, exposed himself on set and after forcing one victim to perform a sex act gave her a teddy bear and called her a ‘good girl’.
Hughes, who has renounced his Australian citizenship and faces immediate deportation to his native UK upon release, was denied parole in 2020 and 2021.
If granted parole and sent back to his homeland Hughes would not be subject to any supervision or monitoring by UK authorities.
On Thursday the SPA stood over making a decision on Hughes’s parole and announced a public review hearing would be heard at a later date.
‘Given the complexities and seriousness of this matter, the SPA has called for a comprehensive psychological assessment of Hughes’ risk of sexual re-offending and a further report from Community Corrections,’ the authority said.
Former Hey Dad! co-star Sarah Monahan (pictured) has previously has said she and his other victims feared ‘reprisal’ once he was released
The SPA has previously said releasing Hughes without the possibility of supervision or conditions would not meet the community safety test.
Hughes played the lead role in television sitcom Hey Dad! from 1987 to 1994.
Hey Dad! (1987-1994)
Hey Dad! was a family sitcom set in the Sydney suburb of Chatswood and aired for eight seasons from 1987 to 1994 on the Seven Network.
It starred Robert Hughes as architect Martin Kelly who was raising his three children Simon (Paul Smith, Christopher Mayer), Debbie (Simone Buchanan) and Jenny (Sarah Monahan, Angela Keep) after the death of his wife Margaret.
Kelly employed Margaret’s cousin Betty, a good-natured ditz from the country played by Julie McGregor, as his secretary.
Simon’s best friend, neighbour George ‘Nudge’ Noritas (Christopher Truswell) rounded out the main cast.
Hey Dad! was sold to more than 20 countries and dubbed into several foreign languages.
Former Hey Dad! co-star Sarah Monahan, who played Hughes’s onscreen daughter, has previously said she and his other victims feared ‘reprisal’ once he was released.
‘Since he has said that we’re horrible people for doing this to him, we don’t know if he’s going to want revenge,’ she told A Current Affair.
Monahan said she believed Hughes should only be allowed back into the community if he finally took responsibility for his crimes.
‘If he’s going to get out early it should be because he’s admitted guilt,’ she said.
‘The question is whether he admits he’s guilty, or if he still think he’s the innocent victim here.
‘If he still thinks he’s innocent, then he probably should spend some more time in prison thinking about it.’
Hughes had pleaded not guilty to all seven counts of indecent assault, two counts of sexual assault and one count of committing an indecent act.
Eighteen women testified against Hughes but he was only convicted of abusing four of them. One of those victims was his own niece.
During his trial, two women said Hughes had entered their rooms naked during sleepovers with his daughter, and exposed himself or sexually assaulted them.
Former colleagues who worked on set with the predator also gave evidence, testifying that Hughes would repeatedly expose himself.
During Hughes’s 2014 sentencing in the NSW District Court, Judge Peter Zahra said the child sex offender had not expressed remorse.
Sarah Monahan has said of Hughes: ‘If he’s going to get out early it should be because he’s admitted guilt’. She is pictured with the predator on the set of Hey Dad!
‘His conduct continued over 20 years,’ Judge Zahra found. ‘[Even] after he was questioned by police in 1986 it continued.
‘The offender took advantage of when he was with victims in social settings in his home or at victims’ homes.
‘He lacks insight into his offending and he is unlikely to access treatment programs.’
Hughes screamed ‘I’m innocent’ in court when he was found guilty.
While he was in Goulburn prison authorities had to build a barrier to stop fellow inmates pelting milk cartons filled with faeces and urine at the reviled child molester.
He was later moved to Long Bay’s Metropolitan Special Programs Centre where is currently housed.
Hughes’s non-parole period of six years finished in 2020 and his sentence expires on January 6, 2025.
Hughes had sexually touched children as young as seven, exposed himself on set and after forcing one victim to perform a sex act gave her a teddy bear and called her a ‘good girl’