Ex-staffer to Gladys Berejiklian pleads guilty to child sex offences

A former political staffer to Gladys Berejiklian has pleaded guilty to multiple historical child sex offenses, including aggravated indecent assault.

The defendant will face the NSW District Court in July where judgment will be handed down over the offences.

Guilty pleas were entered over six offenses in April this year, after the staffer was arrested in 2020 and subsequently granted bail.

The suppression order over the entire case was lifted on Friday; however, the former staffer was underage at the time and can never be identified.

Any publication of the victims’ names without their consent is also a breach of orders.

The defendant’s lawyer had argued to he might be identified through references to his former political role, but Judge John Pickering questioned this at a hearing last week.

“There must be literally hundreds of people who have worked as a staffer for the Premier of NSW,” Pickering said.

“The media generally can still report on matters in the Children’s Court, which effectively this is for the purposes of publication.”

Among the offenses to which the former staffer pleaded guilty were aggravated indecency of a victim under the age of 16 and aggravated indecent assault of a victim under the authority of the offender.

The case is set down for judgment on July 12.

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