One of Australia’s best known magistrates was sensationally charged with nine counts of indecently assaulting a teenage boy in the 1980s.
Mr Graeme Curran, 67 years old and a well-known figure in judicial circles in Australia’s New South Wales region, was a family friend of the boy, who was a young teen when the incidents took place.
It would appear that it went on over a period of 2 years from 1981 until 1983.
A spokeswoman for the Magistrate court confirmed the arrest of Mr Curran: "The Chief Magistrate has suspended the judicial officer in question under s40(1)(b) of the Judicial Officers Act." She said furthermore that it would be “inappropriate to comment further” as the matter was now before a court.
Mr Curran was released under strict bail conditions and is scheduled to face Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday November 22.
With the news now out, investigators repeated that in Australia any person who has been a victim of any kind of sexual violence, no matter how long ago the incident occurred, should report it to the local authorities.
Mr Curran is a judge in the busiest local court at the Downing Centre in Sydney.
He rose to fame for handling several high profile celebrities
Just in January of this year he sentenced locally known 70s singer Mr Renee Geyer for racially abusing a hotel receptionist by calling her a “Tongan bitch”.
Back in 2013 he handled the case of Mr Oliver Curtis, a banker married to Australian PR Queen Roxy Jacenko, who had been charged with insider trading.
In 2011 actor Alex Dimitriades’ court case was also handled by Mr Curran.
Mr Dimitriades had been arrested in 2008 for driving under the influence and was appealing the charges that resulted in the suspension of his driver’s license.