Hey Dad! star and paedophile Robert Hughes to stay in jail


Paedophile Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes remains an ‘unacceptable’ risk to the community as he is DENIED parole a second time

  • Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes, 72, has his bid for parole blocked for a second time
  • Hughes was jailed in 2014 for at least six years over a string of child sex offences 
  • He has renounced his Australian citizenship and will be deported upon release
  • Hughes’s sex abuse victims included his young Hey Dad! co-star Sarah Monahan 

Hey Dad! television star Robert Hughes will remain in a prison to serve a sentence for child sex offences after he was denied parole for a second time. 

The New South Wales State Parole Authority has refused to release the 72-year-old after determining he remained ‘an unacceptable risk to community safety’.

Hughes, who has renounced his Australian citizenship and faces immediate deportation to his native UK upon release, was also denied parole last year.

The actor was jailed for a maximum of 10 years and nine months in 2014 after a jury found him guilty of 10 charges relating to sexual and indecent acts against four young girls in the 1980s and 1990s.

He had sexually touched children as young as seven, exposed himself on set and after forcing one victim to perform a sex act gave her a teddy bear and called her a ‘good girl’. 

Convicted child sex offender and former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes has been denied parole for a second time. He was jailed for a maximum of 10 years and nine months in 2014 after a jury found him guilty of 10 charges relating to sexual and indecent acts against four young girls

Convicted child sex offender and former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes has been denied parole for a second time. He was jailed for a maximum of 10 years and nine months in 2014 after a jury found him guilty of 10 charges relating to sexual and indecent acts against four young girls

Former co-star Sarah Monahan played Hughes' on-screen daughter (pictured on Hughes's lap) and said he should not be released until he took responsibility for his crimes

Former co-star Sarah Monahan played Hughes’ on-screen daughter (pictured on Hughes’s lap) and said he should not be released until he took responsibility for his crimes

If granted parole Hughes would not be subject to any supervision or monitoring by UK authorities.

On Thursday the NSW authority determined releasing him to parole without the possibility of supervision or conditions would not meet the community safety test.

Hughes played the lead role in television sitcom Hey Dad! from 1987 to 1994. 

Former Hey Dad! co-star Sarah Monahan, who played Hughes’s onscreen daughter, said last year she and his other victims feared ‘reprisal’ once he was released.

‘Since he has said that we’re horrible people for doing this to him, we don’t know if he’s going to want revenge,’ she told A Current Affair. 

Monahan said she believed Hughes should only be allowed back into the community if he finally took responsibility for his crimes. 

‘If he’s going to get out early it should be because he’s admitted guilt,’ she said.  

Sarah Monahan (pictured) said last year she she and his other victims feared 'reprisal' once he was released from jail

Sarah Monahan (pictured) said last year she she and his other victims feared ‘reprisal’ once he was released from jail 

‘The question is whether he admits he’s guilty, or if he still think he’s the innocent victim here.

‘If he still thinks he’s innocent, then he probably should spend some more time in prison thinking about it.’ 

Hughes had pleaded not guilty to all seven counts of indecent assault, two counts of sexual assault and one count of committing an indecent act. 

During his trial, two women said Hughes had entered their rooms naked during sleepovers with his daughter, and exposed himself or sexually assaulted them.

Former colleagues who worked on set with the predator also gave evidence, testifying that Hughes would repeatedly expose himself.

Hughes had sexually touched children as young as seven, exposed himself on set and after forcing one victim to perform a sex act gave her a teddy bear and called her a 'good girl'

Hughes had sexually touched children as young as seven, exposed himself on set and after forcing one victim to perform a sex act gave her a teddy bear and called her a ‘good girl’

During Hughes’s 2015 sentencing in the NSW District Court, Judge Peter Zahra said the child sex offender had not expressed remorse.

‘His conduct continued over 20 years,’ Judge Zahra found. ‘[Even] after he was questioned by police in 1986 it continued.

‘The offender took advantage of when he was with victims in social settings in his home or at victims’ homes.

‘He lacks insight into his offending and he is unlikely to access treatment programs.’ 

Hughes screamed ‘I’m innocent’ in court when he was found guilty. 

While he was in Goulburn prison authorities had to build a barrier to stop fellow inmates pelting milk cartons filled with faeces and urine at the reviled paedophile.

He was later moved to Long Bay’s Metropolitan Special Programs Centre.

Hughes’s non-parole period of six years finished in 2020 and his sentence expires on January 6, 2025.  

When he was sentenced to at least six years prison, Hughes (pictured with the cast on the set of Hey Dad!) shouted his innocence in the courtroom before being taken away

When he was sentenced to at least six years prison, Hughes (pictured with the cast on the set of Hey Dad!) shouted his innocence in the courtroom before being taken away



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