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Australia Paedophile and ex-Labor minister Milton Orkopoulos paroled

01:26  06 december  2019
01:26  06 december  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Former NSW Labor minister and convicted paedophile Milton Orkopoulos is a step closer to parole . But the 62-year-old sex offender's victims and the state government will be offered the opportunity to contest his conditional release after the parole authority on Friday formed an intention to grant parole

Paedophile and ex - Labor minister used drugs in jail, parole authority told. Skip to sections navigation Skip to content Skip to footer. Former NSW Labor minister and child sex offender Milton Orkopoulos has been caught using drugs behind bars, even though they were a key feature of his

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Former NSW Labor minister and paedophile Milton Orkopoulos has been paroled.© AAP Former NSW Labor minister and paedophile Milton Orkopoulos has been paroled.

Former NSW Labor minister and child sex offender Milton Orkopoulos has been granted parole after spending more than 11½ years in jail.

The 62-year-old, who served as the Aboriginal affairs minister under then-premier Morris Iemma, plied multiple young, male victims with cannabis, heroin and alcohol before sexually abusing them between 1995 and his arrest in 2006.

Orkopoulos was jailed in May 2008 for a minimum of nine years after being convicted of several counts of sex with a male between 10 and 18, indecent assault, supplying prohibited drugs and possessing child pornography.

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Disgraced former NSW Labor minister and convicted paedophile Milton Orkopoulos will be given day release from prison. Orkopoulos has spent 10 years behind bars for sex offences against teenage boys and supplying them with drugs. Milton Orkopoulos walking into the Newcastle Court.

Milton Orkopoulos was sentenced and put in jail for 30 child sex and drugs charges, relating to He does not deserve to go on parole .We do not want him out. Orkopoulos was first eligible for parole He said the ex - minister had been "frequently arrogant and often flippant" in his evidence and made a

His full sentence of 13 years and eight months would have been due to expire in October 2021.

Lawyers on behalf of the NSW government said Orkopoulos used his "position of esteem" to gain the trust of his victims, aged between 15 and 20.

"One victim was introduced through his family's association with the Labor Party, whilst another took up an offer by the offender to do work experience in his office," the state's written submissions said.

The disgraced former politician's lawyer, Omar Juweinat, said it was in the public interest to release his client, who had exhausted all available rehabilitation programs while behind bars.

Orkopoulos has been the subject of five misconduct charges while in prison, three relating to him failing a prescribed drug test.

The state acknowledged that both the Serious Offenders Review Council and Community Corrections had recommended Orkopoulos' parole but argued he would pose a significant risk to the community upon his release.

But it argued that, despite his participation in treatment, his account of his offending remained unchanged from his account during the court proceedings.

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