NSW ex-minister pleads not guilty to child sex offences
Former NSW minister Milton Orkopoulos has pleaded not guilty to drug supply and child sexual abuse offences.
The 65-year-old was arraigned in the NSW District Court on Tuesday with a jury expected to be empanelled for a trial on Wednesday.
The offences Orkopoulos will face trial over allegedly occurred between 1993 and 2003.
He is accused of supplying prohibited drugs and committing a number of sexual offences against multiple boys, mainly around the Lake Macquarie area in NSW.
Orkopoulos was the member for Swansea from March 1999 until November 2006, when he was booted from cabinet and expelled from the Labor party.
He is facing eight counts of supplying a prohibited drug, eight counts of indecent assault, and 11 counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 10 and 16.
He is also accused of perverting the course of justice, allegedly having one complainant sign a statement to retract an allegation.
"Not guilty," Orkopoulos told the court 28 times on Tuesday.
The trial is expected to last up to four weeks with a jury of 15 people.