Elder Hey Dad!  Star Robert Hughes (above) is awaiting deportation to the UK after being released from Long Bay Correctional Center just after midnight on Tuesday

Pedophile Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes is released from prison and awaiting deportation to the UK

Disgraced Hey dad! Actor and convicted pedophile Robert Hughes has been released from prison and will be deported to the UK today after being granted parole.

The 73-year-old man was granted parole on June 2 by the New South Wales State Parole Authority, which decided he would be released no later than Tuesday.

He was released from Long Bay Correctional Facility just after midnight on Tuesday and is in Villawood Detention Center awaiting deportation from sydney Airport.

The pedophile actor was released under cover of darkness as time went by and into the custody of Australian Border Force officers, who are expected to ensure he is transported directly out of the country.

Elder Hey Dad! Star Robert Hughes (above) is awaiting deportation to the UK after being released from Long Bay Correctional Center just after midnight on Tuesday

Hughes renounced his Australian citizenship in 2020, becoming an illegal citizen requiring deportation upon release.

The Australian Border Force, which typically handles the deportation of convicted felons who are not Australian citizens, said it had not commented on operational matters.

During his parole hearing, the SPA said it was confident that after eight years behind bars, releasing Hughes was in the interest of community safety.

Hughes, who starred as Martin Kelly in the television comedy from 1987 to 1994, had already been rejected twice by the SPA.

“The offender has been assessed as below average risk,” said SPA Chairman David Frearson and four panel members.

“He intends to live with his wife and has no intention of looking for a job.”

Hughes was jailed in 2014 for 10 years and nine months with a six-year period without parole, which expired in April 2020.

Hughes (bottom left) was jailed in 2014 on 10 counts relating to sexual and indecent acts perpetrated on four young girls, including his on-screen daughter Sarah Monahan (bottom centre), in the 1980s 1980 and 1990

Hughes (bottom left) was jailed in 2014 on 10 counts relating to sexual and indecent acts perpetrated on four young girls, including his on-screen daughter Sarah Monahan (bottom centre), in the 1980s 1980 and 1990

A jury found him guilty of 10 counts relating to sexual and indecent acts perpetrated on four young girls in the 1980s and 1990s.

Hughes continues to deny his crimes despite “overwhelming evidence”.

The victims included his former on-screen daughter Sarah Monahan, who attended her third parole hearing.

“He’s an old man and he’s frail, but they don’t change, and he’s a denier,” Ms Monahan said.

“He still thinks he didn’t do anything.”

The SPA acknowledged that “the profound and deleterious effects on victims…continue to this day and will likely have lifelong consequences.”

“It must be particularly infuriating for victims to watch the offender’s continued and stubborn denials in the face of compelling and overwhelming evidence from multiple witnesses,” he said.

The SPA accepted expert evidence that Hughes was consistently rated as a below average risk for sexual recidivism.

This prevented him from accessing sex offender treatment programs while in custody.

Victim Ms Monahan (above) said Hughes was still a

Victim Ms Monahan (above) said Hughes was still a ‘wrongdoing denier’, despite ‘overwhelming evidence’ proving his crimes

Hughes will live with his wife Robyn Gardiner in the UK. Ms Gardiner told the parole authority she would keep him away from children when he is not being supervised.

He and his wife have pledged that once he returns to the community, he will seek treatment from Rachel Pike, a clinical psychologist who specializes in convicted sex offenders who deny their crimes.

This would facilitate his reintegration and reduce his risk of recurrence.

“The offender’s wife has expressed her intention to continue to provide emotional support after his release,” the authority wrote in its ruling.

“Furthermore, she advised that she had arranged post-release accommodation for the offender to reside with her on his eventual return to London.

“While she believes in his innocence, she has expressed her intention to ensure that the offender does not have unsupervised contact with children.

“She indicated that she intended to encourage him to seek psychological counselling.”

The SPA noted that the last of his crimes took place three decades ago.

“The offenses took place in particular contexts in which the offender abused his power and position of trust,” he said.

“He no longer enjoys such power or confidence as a direct result of the convictions and the widespread adverse publicity that has resulted, despite his provocative denials.”

Once in the UK, Hughes (above) will be monitored under the 'notification requirements' of the Sexual Offenses Act, including notifying authorities if he intends to remain in a household for more than 12 hours when a child is present.

Once in the UK, Hughes (above) will be monitored under the ‘notification requirements’ of the Sexual Offenses Act, including notifying authorities if he intends to remain in a household for more than 12 hours when a child is present.

While allegations against Hughes were raised in the 1990s, it took a paid TV interview with Ms Monahan in 2010 to spark a massive police investigation into the actor’s allegations of sexual misconduct.

His victims included a family friend, friends of his daughter and Ms. Monahan.

Hughes made his third attempt at parole after two failed attempts. His six-year minimum sentence made him eligible for parole on April 6, 2020.

Judge Peter Zahra, who died suddenly last month, handed down the sentence with strong condemnation against Hughes.

“He engaged in brazen predatory behavior; he planned and orchestrated the occasions when the conduct occurred. His drive was persistent and calculated,” he said.

“He abused his position of trust and exploited the naivety and youthfulness of children.

“The profound and deleterious effects on victims for many years, if not their entire lives. Victims here remain deeply disturbed by the conduct of the perpetrator.

The NSW State Parole Authority said Hughes (top left) was unlikely to re-offend given his crimes took place decades ago and was in a situation where he

The NSW State Parole Authority said Hughes (top left) was unlikely to re-offend given his crimes took place decades ago and was in a situation where he ‘has abused his power and his position of trust” which he “no longer appreciates”.

The Australian Border Force said it would notify UK authorities of Hughes’ imminent return.

Hughes will be monitored in the UK under the ‘notification requirements’ of the Sexual Offenses Act.

They must report to the police within three days of returning to the UK, and once a year from then and within three days of changing their details.

He will be required to provide a passport and bank details and must inform the police of any intention to travel outside the UK.

Hughes must also provide details of where he lives and where he regularly stays if different from his home address.

“It is mandatory to inform the police if he is going to stay (for a period of at least 12 hours) in a home where a child is present,” noted the parole authority.

He will be sent back to prison for up to six months if he does not meet these conditions.

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