Milton Orkopoulos: Ex-MP showed condoms and drugs to teen, court told

Milton Orkopoulos showed a bag of condoms and marijuana to a teenager who accompanied him to a Labor conference, a court has heard.

Mr Orkopoulos, 65, faces trial in district court after pleading not guilty to landmark child sex charges.

A jury at the Downing Center in Sydney has heard evidence from four men who allege they were sexually assaulted and drugged by Mr Orkopoulos in a series of incidents in the Lake Macquarie region and on the Mid North Coast of NSW from 1993 to 2003.

Mr Orkopoulos, who was a member of Lake Macquarie City Council before joining Swansea from 1999 to 2006, has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to 28 charges.

In recent days, the jury has read testimonies from several men who have testified in previous proceedings.

The jury has been told that the men’s testimony bears no relation to the charges against Mr Orkopoulos.

Rather, the Crown Prosecution relies on their past testimony as “trend evidence” in an attempt to prove the allegations, while its defense maintains that no weight should be attached to the current allegations in court.

The jury was told on Friday that a man had previously told the court he was 15 years old when he joined the Labor Party, and was introduced to Mr Orkopoulos a year later at a function for then-Federal MP Jill Hall.

He was 16 years old when he accepted an invitation from the then Swansea MP to accompany him to the Labor National Conference in Darling Harbor where Mark Latham – then the ALP National Leader – was the keynote speaker.

The pair drove down in Mr Orkopoulos’ car and when they arrived at the parliament building, he asked the teenager to open the glove box.

“Milton asked me to open the glove box,” the man said in his evidence at the time.

“In the glove compartment was a pack of five or six packs of condoms and a stash of marijuana, in what appeared to be a resealable bag.”

During a later cross-examination by Mr Orkopoulos’ then-counsel in the previous proceedings, the man agreed that the condoms played no part in their interactions that weekend.

The man told the court that Mr Orkopoulos was in his parliamentary office chopping pot and rolling a joint, which they smoked together before driving to their hotel room.

According to the man’s testimony, Mr Orkopoulos came out of the shower fully clothed when he was in bed.

“He didn’t look ready for bed… it would have been late at night,” the man said.

“Milton walked out and said, ‘I don’t trust myself, I’m going back to Parliament’.”

The man said he became “worried” when Mr Orkopoulos said he didn’t “trust” him.

“Is that something you imagined him saying,” Mr. Orkopoulos’ counsel asked during cross-examination at the time.

“No,” said the man.

The court heard that the teenager and Mr Orkopoulos were booked to stay in different hotel rooms on the second night of the conference.

According to the man, Mr. Orkopoulos entered the teenager’s room and smoked a joint on the balcony and started talking about sexual relations he had with other men.

According to the man’s testimony, he was in bed when Mr. Orkopoulos returned from the balcony.

“He came back into the room and made the comment that he ‘would like to have me,'” the man said, adding that Mr Orkopoulos tried to rub his chest.

The man said he was “s***-scared” and flinched, prompting Mr Orkopoulos to remark “you’re not ready for this, are you son” and walked out.

On another occasion, during a meeting at Mr Orkopoulos’ election office, the man told the court at the time, the former Aboriginal Affairs Minister began massaging his shoulders and chest.

“He said he wanted to massage my shoulders and he walked over and started massaging the top of my shoulders and reached down to the front of my chest,” the man said.

“He told me to relax more.”

The man said Mr Orkopoulos massaged him for 15 to 20 seconds before leaving.

Mr Orkopoulos has pleaded not guilty to nine charges of sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16, seven charges of aggravated assault on a minor and committing an indecent act with a minor.

He also pleaded not guilty to eight charges of supplying cannabis to minors and one charge of perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues on Monday.

Milton Orkopoulos: Ex-MP showed condoms and drugs to teen, court told

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