Former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes has been sentenced to 10 years and 9 months for 10 child sex offences, with 6 years non-parole.
The actor, 65, was found guilty on April 5 of sexually and indecently assaulting young girls.
Hughes showed no emotion and there was no reaction from the gallery as the sentence was handed down in Sydney’s Downing Centre Court this afternoon.
Judge Pete Zahra took more than two hours to cover Hughes’ crimes and the impact they had on victims. Hughes’ wife, Robyn Gardiner, was not in attendance.
Judge Zahra said Hughes had “exploited the naivety and youth of the victims involved.”
He added that Hughes’ conduct was brazen and predatory, and that the offences were “of an extremely high order.”
Sarah Monahan Morris, who played Hughes‘ daughter on the popular TV series and was one of his victims, spoke to Ben Fordham of 2GB after the sentencing this afternoon.
She told Ben she cried reading Judge Zahra’s remarks.
“He was just sleazy. He would do stuff in such plain sight, that people didn’t even realise what he was doing,” she said of Hughes.
“Because you would look at him touching someone, and you think he’s so brazen I must be imagining it, he can’t possibly be touching someone on the breast, or on the arm,” she said.
“He was just so open, I guess people were just numb to it. He made me never want to go back to the industry”.
Asked what she hoped for Hughes behind bars, Monahan said: “I hope that he comes to the realisation that he probably shouldn’t have done what he did.”
“I do hope that he realises that he’s a very, very, very bad man,” she said.