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A court has heard that a well-known Aussie actor believed he would get away with sexually abusing young boys in tight lycra because they would think it was part of a script.
Jeremy Kewley, has pleaded guilty to 19 child sex and porn offences committed against boys as young as nine.
The 55-year-old actor from Brighton, Victoria, admitted to indecently assaulting boys mainly during screen tests in which Kewley had them wear Lycra costumes as he filmed and took photos of them. The abuse spans more than two decades.
The court heard he made videos in which he inappropriately touched the boys, kissed and straddled them while they wore the Lycra suits.
Video tapes that police seized from his Brighton home and Mitta Mitta holiday house after his arrest in December 2014 contain many images of Kewley’s victims.
Defence barrister Con Heliotis QC told the court that Kewley had no idea of the impact the crimes would have on his victims and his actions were purely opportunistic in nature.
“He believed he could get away with this because his victims would think it was all part of the script,” he said.
Many of Kewley’s victims broke down in court as they described how the crime had affected their lives.
One told of his inability to disclose to his mother what had happened to him as he was concerned about the guilt and heartache it would cause her.
Another told the court he has trouble trusting men, stating: “Even shaking hands feels uncomfortable at best.”
A third victim told the court that “this man [Kewley] robbed me of my life”.
Kewley wept as the statements were read.
Mr Heliotis told the court Kewley was “deeply ashamed and appalled” by his crimes.
A further plea and sentence hearing has been set down for May 17.
Starting his acting career in Fred Schepisi’s 1976 film The Devil’s Playground, Kewley has also appeared in multiple episodes of Neighbours, Stingers, Blue Heelers and also the AFL Footy Show.
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