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

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

  • Frank Zumbo, 53, arrested, charged with 18 alleged offences, due to face court
  • Zumbo is MP Craig Kelly’s adviser and the subject of a long police investigation
  • Zumbo appeared in Parramatta court, denied the charges, 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 for MP Craig Kelly, was arrested and faces 18 charges stemming from a police investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, the Daily Telegraph reported.

He appeared in Parramatta Local 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 in relation to 18 charges following a NSW police investigation into him regarding alleged sexual misconduct. Zumbo pleaded not guilty to all charges

It is understood New South Police have been investigating Zumbo since a 16-year-old girl came to them with allegations regarding a man known to her

It is understood New South Police have been investigating Zumbo since a 16-year-old girl came to them with allegations regarding a man known to her

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

His lawyer Michael Moussa successfully argued for that condition to be amended after reading witness statements to the court that supported Zumbo. 

NSW police said in a statement that they would allege Zumbo ‘sexually touched’ and ‘indecently assaulted’ three women, aged 23, 26, 27, and the 16-year-old girl, on multiple occasions in the workplace between 2014 and 2020. 

The court also heard that NSW police applied for an apprehended violence order against Zumbo relating to the 16-year-old girl in April 2020.

On Saturday allegations 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 Zumbo will face include two counts of aggravated sexual touching and nine counts of common 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

He will also face an additional seven other charges. 

‘Following extensive inquiries, about 5.40pm yesterday (Friday 4 June 2021) a 53-year-old man was arrested at Sutherland Police Station,’ a statement from the NSW police said.

‘He was charged with two counts of aggravated – sexually touch another person, seven counts of aggravated indecent assault- victim under authority of offender, and nine counts of common assault.’ 

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