Families Minister stands aside as he confirms he’s under investigation for ‘sexual violence’ by child sex squad
- NSW MP is under investigation by the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad
- The man has been accused of violent sexual offences dating back to 2013
- The MP has reportedly denied the allegations and described them as ridiculous
A New South Wales state MP is being investigated by child abuse detectives over violent sex offences that allegedly occurred from 2013.
The MP, who has not been named for legal reasons, denied the allegations and told Sky News they were ‘ridiculous’.
The man also said he had not been contacted by police and was ‘not aware of any allegations’.
A New South Wales state MP is being investigated by child abuse detectives over violent sex offences that allegedly occurred from 2013. Pictured: NSW Parliament House
It is normal for police to conduct inquiries without informing the suspect.
In a statement, New South Wales Police said: ‘Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad have established Strike Force Condello to investigate allegations of sexual violence-related offences.
‘The incidents were reported to have occurred from 2013.
‘As investigations are continuing, no further information is available.’
It comes after federal politics was rocked by a series of sex scandals this year.
Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins claimed she was raped by a colleague in a minister’s Parliament House office in 2019.
And former Attorney-General Christian Porter was accused of raping a woman after a debating competition when he was 17, allegations he strongly denies.
Police decided not to charge him after the alleged victim took her own life last year.
Last month Ms Higgins met Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney to discuss how women’s safety could be improved.
Her ideas included updating rules for Parliament House security to encourage them to block drunk staff from entering the building and call an ambulance if anyone is found unconscious.
She claims she was sexually assaulted after security let her and a colleague into the building after a boozy night out.
Her attacker allegedly raped her on a couch in then-defence minister Linda Reynold’s office before she was found half-naked and unconscious by security hours later.
Ms Higgins has reported her allegations to the Australian Federal Police. No charges have been laid.
Former political staffer Brittany Higgins (centre) alongside boyfriend David Sharaz (right)