Former Hey Dad star Robert Hughes has been arrested in London and is expected to be charged with a number of sexual and indecent assaults on five girls.
The 63-year-old was taken into custody by the London Metropolitan Police following a two year investigation by the NSW Police Force’s Sex Crimes Squad. He is expected to be charged later today.
Hughes was living in Singapore when the allegations first emerged in March 2010, triggered by interviews given to A Current Affair and Woman’s Day by Sarah Monahan Morris, who played “Jenny” on the former Seven show.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports NSW police applied for an arrest warrant in May this year on 11 alleged offences, including indecent assault and sexual assault.
They will allege the charges relate to crimes against five girls between 1985 and 1990 in a number of northern Sydney suburbs.
Australian authorities will apply for Hughes’ extradition to NSW, with investigators from Strike Force Ruskin planning to travel to the United Kingdom at a future date.
The Daily Telegraph reports Sarah Monahan Morris today tweeted: “I am literally crying with happiness right now”.
Update: Robert Hughes has been granted bail by a magistrates court and ordered that he be electronically tagged and face a nightly curfew in his London home, which he shares with his wife.
He has also been banned from being alone with anyone under the age of 16.
He is to be released following the payment of almost $90,000 bail, and has been ordered to reappear at a court in London on September 19.