Frank Zumbo, the long-serving advisor of federal MP Craig Kelly, has been charged with a myriad of offences, including aggravated indecent assault, to which he has pleaded not guilty.
It has been alleged that Zumbo, 53, sexually touched and indecently assaulted three women in their 20s, and a teenage girl, on multiple occasions during a period of six years.
He was arrested on Friday afternoon at the Sutherland police station, following a lengthy investigation into the allegations made against him. He was granted bail on Saturday after appearing at Paramatta local court.
Some of the conditions of his bail included that he can’t enter the grounds of any educational institution, like high schools and universities, contact any prosecution witness, or approach any point of international departure.
In a statement, Craig Kelly, who recently quit to Liberal Party to move to the crossbench, said he had not had any correspondence with police relating to Zumbo.
Kelly left the Liberal party over his use of social media to promote misleading information about COVID-19, including the use of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine as treatments.
“He advises that he categorically denies all accusations and he will vigorously defend the matter,” Kelly said in a statement about Zumbo.
“In a free and democratic country, every citizen is entitled to the presumption of innocence and protection by the rule of law.
“I would also add that none of the complainants ever brought these historical accusations to me at any time, and the first time I became aware of them was when they were recently reported in the media.”