Thursday, 8 May 2008

Orkopoulos betrayed me: victim

Sexual abuse victims of former NSW MP Milton Orkopoulos have told a court his attacks were a betrayal of their trust.

Orkopoulos appeared in the Newcastle District Court today for a sentencing hearing on 40 child sex and drugs charges.

He was convicted in March of 28 offences, after pleading guilty to a further two at the outset of his trial.

Dressed in a grey suit and blue shirt, Orkopoulos looked drawn, with weight loss visible on his face.

The former Aboriginal affairs minister sat with his head cocked to one side, listening intently as two of his victims told the court of the impact of his crimes on their lives.

One of the men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said his academic and personal life had suffered as a result of the politician's indecent assault of him at the 2004 National Labor Conference.

"I felt that Milton had exploited me for his own perverted sexual gratification," the man, now 20, told the court.

"I felt betrayed by the NSW Labor Party for protecting Milton politically."

The man looked Orkopoulos directly in the eye, muttering: "Burn in hell, you grub" as he passed the dock.


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