WA children's entertainer facing dozens of child abuse charges

A Perth magician and escape artist is facing dozens of child abuse charges after police said they had uncovered more victims.
Dewald Venter, who goes by the stage name Ghupi, is behind bars tonight facing charges that include 20 counts of indecent dealings and nine counts of sexually penetrating a child.
The 26-year-old was first charged in May with the alleged assault of a boy dating back six years.
Mr Venter was granted bail, but police will allege that further investigations uncovered two more victims, a young boy and a girl.
At the time of the alleged offending, Mr Venter was quickly gaining a profile for his performances as an escape artist and magician.
He appeared on the TV show Australia's Got Talent and hosting children's masterclasses around Perth.
Dewald Venter during a TV interview in 2014. (9News)
He is due to face court again next month.


1 comment

  • MAnfred WIller

    Why again and again ?

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