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Monday, April 16, 2007

MP taught victim to shoot heroin, court told

Dan Proudman and Andrew Clennell
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

MILTON ORKOPOULOS befriended a 16-year-old boy and plied him with alcohol, cannabis and heroin - and taught him how to shoot up - while he sexually abused the teenager over three to six months, police allege.

The former NSW Aboriginal affairs minister was on suicide watch in Long Bay Jail last night after he was arrested at his mother's home yesterday and faced Newcastle Local Court on 21 fresh child sex and drug supply charges relating to a third teenage boy. Orkopoulos allegedly met the boy "two or three times a week" in the back of his car at a Lake Macquarie park in 1995.

In a statement to the court, Detective Sergeant Kristi Faber said the boy had not tried heroin before meeting Orkopoulos, but became addicted to the drug, as well as cannabis, and left his family when he was 17.

At first the boy had only smoked heroin, but he began injecting it after Orkopoulos allegedly "instructed the victim on how much to have and how to inject it". The court heard it was part of Orkopoulos's "grooming-type behaviour in which … he plies [victims] with alcohol and drugs" before assaulting them.


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