Alleged victims had come to Perth Magistrate’s Court to see Allan Keith Huggins appear on 61 charges stemming from the abuse that is claimed to have occurred in the early 1990s while he worked as a counsellor for adolescents.
But Mr Huggins, who has bail with conditions including daily police reporting and a curfew, did not attend in person, instead appearing via a videolink from Rockingham.
The court was told one of the dozens of charges against him was being discontinued while some others were being amended.
Asked whether his client’s case would go to trial, lawyer David McKenzie confirmed it would.
The charges were committed to the District Court where the case may be played out before a jury, unless it is decided that a judge alone should hear it.
Mr Huggins has worked in men’s health as a counsellor until the recent charges were laid.
The court has been told that allegations had also been made of abuse as recent as 2010.
The current case evolved after a sole complaint to the WA Redress scheme for abuse victims sparked a police investigation into Mr Huggins and his work credentials.
He has taken academic roles during this time, travelled and worked in the Philippines, and was appointed by then-federal health minister Carmen Lawrence in 1995 to help draft the first National Men’s Health Policy Document.
Today, Mr McKenzie asked for his client’s bail conditions to be changed so that a curfew, which meant police could check he was home during certain night hours, was deleted.
His lawyer told the court that being woken repeatedly through the night was having an affect on his client.
Mr McKenzie said his client was already reporting to police daily.
Outside court, the lawyer said Mr Huggins, aged in his 60s, was being woken three times a night as a result of the curfew.
The State opposed the change, saying the offences were serious and they needed more time to assess the issue.
The magistrate agreed with the State, adjourning the bail variation hearing to February and scheduling an April hearing in the District Court at which a trial date will be set.