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Orkopoulos jury retires to consider child sex and drug allegations

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The jury within the child sex assault trial of former state MP Milton Orkopoulos has retired to consider its verdict.

Mr Orkopoulos, 65, has confronted a four-week trial in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court over historic child sex allegations.

Four males informed the jury that as teenagers or boys they have been sexually abused by Mr Orkopoulos within the Lake Macquarie area or on NSW’s mid-north coast over a 10-year interval from 1993 to 2003.

The jury of seven males and 5 ladies on Tuesday afternoon retired to consider its verdict.

Mr Orkopoulos, the previous Member for Swansea and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, pleaded not responsible to 28 prices, together with 11 counts of sexual activity with a child below 16 years and six counts of indecent assault of a child.

He can be dealing with eight counts of supplying a prohibited drug in relation to allegations he gave three of the boys hashish.

As effectively, he has pleaded not responsible to one rely of perverting the course of justice, relating to an allegation he pressured one boy to signal an announcement retracting sex abuse claims.

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Camera IconMilton Orkopoulos is defending claims he sexually assaulted 4 boys. Damian Shaw Credit: News Corp Australia

The Crown prosecution accused Mr Orkopoulos of utilizing his place firstly as a Lake Macquarie councillor and then as a state MP to groom younger boys “like a wolf in sheep’s clothes”.

He denied all sexual assault allegations, describing the claims, throughout his proof, as “fanciful”, “outrageously improper” and a “lie”.

All 4 of the alleged victims, who can’t be named or recognized, gave proof earlier than Judge Jane Culver over the course of the trial.

One man informed the court docket that Mr Orkopoulos grabbed him by the penis and testicles whereas within the bathe throughout an incident on the mid-north coast.

The man informed the court docket that the previous ALP MP had ordered him to strip off as they stood collectively inside a toilet.

The man informed the court docket that Mr Orkopoulos remarked to him that he was a “little boy” who had a “little pecker” and that he was about 10 or 11 on the time.

The man stated he “backed up” after Mr Orkopoulos tried to kiss him as he was grabbed on the penis.

He informed the jury that he continued to bathe and Mr Orkopoulos sat down and rubbed his penis as he watched.

According to Mr Orkopoulos’ model of occasions, he walked out of the toilet after serving to the boy fill the bucket bathe.

27-1-05   State Member for Swansea Milton Orkopoulos. Picture: Ron Hutchings
Camera IconIt’s alleged Milton Orkopoulos sexually assaulted the boys whereas he was a state MP or native councillor. Ron Hutchings Credit: News Limited

The man additionally informed the court docket he was later pressured to signal an announcement retracting allegations throughout a gathering on the home of Jill Hall, who was Mr Orkopoulos’ predecessor because the Member for Swansea.

Ms Hall shouldn’t be accused of any wrongdoing.

Mr Orkopoulos stated he “didn’t instigate” the signing of something and at that time his data of the allegations was that he had “regarded” on the boy “humorous”.

“I didn’t want to have him signal something,” Mr Orkopoulos stated throughout his proof.

According to Mr Orkopoulos, the then boy later informed him that he made the preliminary allegation following the “harassing” and “haranguing” of a guardian.

Defence barrister Paul Johnson informed the jury that they ought to query the reliability of the opposite complainants’ model of occasions.

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