Hey Dad star Robert Hughes granted bail

FORMER Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes has been bailed on child sex charges on the condition he surrender his passport and $50,000 to the court.

The 64-year-old fronted the Central Local Court after he was taken from Sydney Airport to the Surry Hills Police Station and charged with 11 offences this morning.

He will be released this afternoon until his next appearance in January.

Hughes is accused of sexually assaulting five girls between the ages of 7 and 15 during his time on the popular family sitcom.

Investigating police officer, Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, said the five alleged victims had been informed of Hughes' arrival in Australia and were "pleased with the progress at this stage".

Allegations against Hughes were first made on a current affairs program in 2010.

He was arrested in London in August this year and escorted back to Australia last night.

His lawyer Greg Walsh told reporters he would "vigorously defend" the allegations.

 

EARLIER: Former Hey Dad star Robert Hughes is expected to plead not guilty to 11 child sex offences laid against him at the Sydney Police Centre this morning.

The 64-year-old was extradited from London last night and is currently before the Central Local Court.

His lawyer Greg Walsh told reporters his client was "functioning well" despite being stressed about his freedom and being reunited with his wife.

He said Hughes had co-operated fully with police and would be pleading not guilty when he went to court.

Hughes is accused of sexually assaulting five girls between the ages of 7 and 15 during his time on the popular family sitcom.

Investigating police officer, Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, said the five alleged victims had been informed of Hughes' arrival in Australia and were "pleased with the progress at this stage".

Allegations against Hughes were first made on a current affairs program in 2010.

He was arrested in London in August this year and was on bail until his extradition.

Det Supt Kerlatec said he did not expect the prosecution to oppose bail today.


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