Former NSW Labor minister and convicted pedophile Milton Orkopoulos could be thrown back behind bars on Wednesday, just 32 days after walking free, after allegedly breaching his strict parole conditions.
The 62-year-old, who was released on parole from Long Bay Correctional Centre on December 20, failed to report to his local Eastern Beaches Area Command in Sydney’s east, which is one of the several harsh rules attached to his parole that also includes electronic monitoring.
On Tuesday, a State Parole Authority spokeswoman said Orkopoulos’ matter would be considered at a panel meeting on Wednesday morning after Corrective Services NSW issued a breach report seeking to revoke his parole.
“The State Parole Authority (SPA) will tomorrow consider revoking parole for a 62-year-old offender after receiving a breach report from Community Corrections this afternoon,” the spokeswoman said.
“The man has been charged with failing to comply with reporting obligations and is listed to appear before Waverley Local Court on March 4.”
That followed a police spokeswoman announcing that police planned to issue Orkopoulos with a court attendance notice “for the offence of fail to comply with reporting obligations”.
It is understood the breach is related to internet use.
He will be due to appear at Waverley Local Court on Wednesday 4 March, however it is unclear how soon he may be taken into custody.
While electronic monitoring is a condition of his parole, it is not yet known if police have located Orkopoulos to serve him his court attendance notice.
The former NSW Aboriginal Affairs minister spent 11-and-a-half years in prison for dozens of crimes including supplying cannabis to and injecting an underage boy with heroin before having sex with him.
His victims were aged between 15 and 20.
Orkopoulos served as a Labor MP from 1995, and was a minister in Morris Iemma’s government until his arrest in 2006.
He was later convicted and jailed for 13 years and eight months, with a non-parole period of nine years.
Orkopoulos was granted parole after previous applications were rejected due to non completion of reoffending preventive programs while in prison.
At the time of granting his parole, Justice James Wood justified his decision as being in the “paramount interests” of public safety, because “without the opportunity of a supportive transition to the community” through parole, Orkopoulos being released at the end of his sentence without any supervision would be “only likely to increase the risk to the community safety”.
He failed two drug tests while in prison earlier in 2019, the most recent case of which was in February 2019, when Orkopoulos failed a drug test for Buprenorphine, an opioid used to treat addictions to harsher opioids as well as acute pain.
He also created prohibited goods while in prison, and received an unauthorised article from a visitor.
As part of his parole conditions, Orkopoulos was prohibited from being alone with someone aged 16 or under, and was forbidden from visiting Lake Macquarie and Newcastle, the city where he and his family have lived.