Adviser to MP Craig Kelly has been arrested, charged with sexual touching and 16 other alleged offences

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Top adviser to controversial MP Craig Kelly has been arrested and charged with sexual touching and 16 other alleged offences

  • Frank Zumbo, 53, arrested, charged with 18 alleged offenses, by court
  • Zumbo is MP Craig Kelly’s advisor and subject of a lengthy police investigation
  • Zumbo appeared in Parramatta court, denied the charges and was released on bail

A top adviser to one of Australia’s most controversial MPs has been arrested by police after an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct.

Frank Zumbo, 53, adviser and officer manager to MP Craig Kelly, was arrested and faces 18 charges as a result of a police investigation into alleged sexual misconduct. Daily Telegram reported.

He appeared before the local Parramatta court on Saturday, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges, and was released on bail.

Frank Zumbo (left) was released on bail on Saturday after appearing in court on 18 charges following an NSW police investigation into him over alleged sexual misconduct.  Zumbo pleaded not guilty to all charges

Frank Zumbo (left) was released on bail on Saturday after appearing in court on 18 charges following an NSW police investigation into him over alleged sexual misconduct. Zumbo pleaded not guilty to all charges

It is clear that the New South Police Department has been investigating Zumbo ever since a 16-year-old girl came to them with allegations about a man known to her.

It is clear that the New South Police Department has been investigating Zumbo ever since a 16-year-old girl came to them with allegations about a man known to her.

It is clear that the New South Police Department has been investigating Zumbo ever since a 16-year-old girl came to them with allegations about a man known to her.

It is understood that Zumbo was released on bail on Friday, but refused to comply with the bail conditions that prohibited him from speaking with three witnesses.

His attorney Michael Moussa successfully argued for that condition to be changed after reading witness statements in court that supported Zumbo.

NSW police said in a statement that they would claim Zumbo had been “sexually touched” and “indecently assaulted”. three women aged 23, 26, 27 and the 16-year-old girl, several times in the workplace between 2014 and 2020.

The court also learned that the NSW Police Department had filed for an arrest warrant against Zumbo in April 2020 in relation to the 16-year-old girl.

On Saturday, accusations of hugging and kissing on the cheek were heard.

The allegations were first reported in July 2020 by the St George Shire Standard.

The charges against Zumbo include two charges of aggravated sexual touching and nine charges of habitual assault.

Zumbo is one of Independent MP Craig Kelly's most trusted advisers

Zumbo is one of Independent MP Craig Kelly's most trusted advisers

Zumbo is one of Independent MP Craig Kelly’s most trusted advisers

He will also face a further seven charges.

“After an extensive investigation, a 53-year-old man was arrested at Sutherland Police Station yesterday (Friday, June 4, 2021) at around 5:40 p.m.,” a statement from NSW Police said.

“He was charged with two counts of aggravated – sexual contact with another person, seven counts of aggravated indecent assault – victim under the authority of the perpetrator, and nine counts of ordinary assault.”

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