Former MP Milton Orkopoulos found guilty of child sex abuse

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A jury has found former NSW Labor minister Milton Orkopoulos guilty of child sexual abuse and drug charges, ABC News has reported.

The 65-year-old former Member for Swansea was facing 28 charges and was found guilty of 26 of them.

The charges included eight counts of supplying a prohibited drug, eight counts of indecent assault, and 11 counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 10 and 16.

Orkopoulos was accused of supplying prohibited drugs and committing a number of sexual offences against multiple boys, mainly around the Lake Macquarie area in NSW. The offences allegedly occurred between 1993 and 2003.

Orkopoulos had pleaded not guilty to all charges in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court.

The jury rejected his evidence on all but two charges. He was found not guilty of one drug offence, and of one count of perverting the course of justice, relating to an alleged statement retracting an allegation.

Orkopoulos will be sentenced at a later date.

Source: ABC News.

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