Convicted child sex offender and former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes has been denied parole for a second time, with authorities deeming he remains an unacceptable risk to the community.
The Australian actor was jailed for at least six years in 2014 after a jury found him guilty of 10 charges relating to sexual and indecent acts perpetrated on four young girls in the 1980s and 1990s.
When sentencing Hughes, Judge Peter Zahra described the actor as a sexual predator who systematically exploited young girls and relied on his position to ensure the compliance and silence of his victims.
The actor, “took advantage of social and familial” relationships to carry out his “brazen” behaviour, he said.
The NSW State Parole Authority’s decision on Thursday is the second time in a year Hughes’ bid for freedom has been knocked back.
Having renounced his Australian citizenship, Hughes would have been immediately deported to the UK if granted parole.
The UK and NSW do not have reciprocal arrangements for parolees, so the sex predator would be free to live without any conditions or supervision from UK authorities.
The parole authority again decided releasing him without supervision or conditions would fail the community safety test.
Hughes previously applied to be transferred to a UK prison where he would remain in jail until granted parole and then be supervised until his sentence expired. But he withdrew the transfer request when renouncing his Australian citizenship.
A 2017 High Court challenge against his conviction was also dismissed.
Hughes’ full sentence of 10 year and nine months expires in early 2025.
© AAP 2021