Sarah Monahan … and as she appeared in the Hey Dad cast. Arrested … Robert Hughes.
AFTER a two-year investigation and a three-month global hunt by police, former Hey Dad..! TV star Robert Hughes was last night behind bars in London, accused of molesting five girls more than 25 years ago.
His arrest prompted tears from Mr Hughes’s former co-star Sarah Monahan, who played Jenny on the hit show.
Ms Monahan tweeted: ”I am literally crying with happiness right now.”
Police allege the charges relate to crimes against five girls between 1985 and 1990 in a number of northern Sydney suburbs.
In May this year, police applied for an arrest warrant on 11 alleged offences, including sexual and indecent assault.
But Mr Hughes, who had been living in Singapore when the claims were first aired, could not be located.
Strike Force Ruskin police said detectives had ”conducted extensive inquiries internationally to locate the man”, eventually finding Mr Hughes in London. At about 4pm Sydney time yesterday, officers from the London Metropolitan Police arrested Mr Hughes, whose age was given as 63, in an upmarket area of central London.
He was taken to Belgravia Police Station and was last night expected to be charged by virtue of the arrest warrant. A Westminster local court hearing was expected to be held late last night.
Australian authorities would apply for the man’s extradition to NSW, with investigators from Strike Force Ruskin planning to travel to Britain to secure his return to Sydney.
The strike force was set up after Ms Monahan, the actress who played one of Mr Hughes’s on-screen daughters in the hit situation comedy, first raised the allegations via the media.
Ms Monahan alleged Mr Hughes, who played architect Martin Kelly on the sitcom, touched her inappropriately while on the set of the show, which aired on Channel Seven from 1987 to 1994.
Ms Monahan, who now lives in the US, last night thanked detectives for ”lots of hard work by all. You guys rock.”
”I got the call at 2am my time, promised I wouldn’t leak it out till they made their official announcement, but by 3am it’s all over the news! How awesome is today?”
The Herald last night contacted the talent management company run by Mr Hughes’s wife, Robyn Gardiner, but it did not respond to questions.
When the allegations were first publicly raised, Mr Hughes denied claims he had molested his young co-star.
”I’m absolutely, totally shocked at the allegations and I deny, absolutely deny, everything,” Mr Hughes told Channel Nine’s A Current Affair.
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