Parole denied for Hey Dad! sex predator

Steven Trask
Pedophile Robert Hughes has been denied parole because he would present an unacceptable risk

Convicted child sex offender and former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes will remain behind bars in NSW after his bid for parole was denied.

The State Parole Authority on Thursday determined that Hughes "presents an unacceptable risk to community safety".

The parole authority has revealed the actor renounced his Australian citizenship three months ago in a move that would have seen him deported to the United Kingdom when released.

Hughes is also a British citizen and no longer has an Australian visa.

The pedophile had successfully applied to be transferred to a UK prison where he would remain in jail until granted parole and then be supervised until his sentence expired in early 2025.

But he withdrew the transfer request when renouncing his Australian citizenship.

The SPA on Thursday said given he was no longer a dual citizen, if Hughes was released and deported to the UK "he would not be supervised, electronically monitored or required to comply with any conditions of his parole".

"NSW and the UK do not have reciprocal arrangements for parolees, only prisoners," the authority said in a statement.

In the United Kingdom, Hughes would pose an unacceptable risk because he would not be supervised, electronically monitored or subject to any other conditions, the parole authority said.

"Denying parole, the SPA decided without 'structured post-release plans' and parole supervision Hughes presents as an 'unacceptable risk to community safety'."

If Hughes does not apply to appeal the decision in a public hearing he will not be reconsidered for parole until 2021.

Hughes was jailed for at least six years in 2014 after a jury found the Australian actor guilty of 10 charges relating to sexual and indecent acts perpetrated on four young girls in the 1980s and 1990s.

A 2017 High Court challenge against his conviction was dismissed.