Hi Dad! Actor Robert Hughes’ parole decision reserved until next week


Disgraced Hi Dad! Star and convicted pedophile Robert Hughes wants to return to Britain to spend his final years with his wife and keep a low profile, a parole hearing heard on Friday.

Hughes, 73, was convicted in 2014 of a series of indecent sexual assaults on girls in the 1980s and 1990s.

Elder Hey Dad! actor Robert Hughes in Central Local Court in 2012.Credit:Wolter-Peeters

Hughes and his family have always denied his offense, the state Parole Authority learned on Friday.

Hughes renounced his Australian citizenship in 2020, which means his visa to be in the country has been canceled and he will be placed in immigration detention and then deported to Britain when he is granted parole.

Interpol has confirmed that Hughes will be required to provide UK authorities with his contact details, travel plans and address upon his return, his lawyer Hannah Bruce told the parole board.

Hughes’ wife is “sensitive” about the need to keep children away from him and has checked in with specialist psychologists in Britain who treat sex offenders in denial, Bruce said.

Sarah Monaghan (centre) after the State Parole Authority hearing for convicted child molester Robert Hughes.

Sarah Monaghan (centre) after the State Parole Authority hearing for convicted child molester Robert Hughes.Credit:Sally Rawsthorne

“Mr. Hughes has always been assessed as medium, lower or low risk and always at low risk in terms of sexual recidivism,” she said.

“The ripple effect is that while in custody it makes him ineligible for any program…there are no other programs he can take in custody that will reduce his risk of recidivism.”

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