Convicted pedophile Milton Orkopoulos has avoided jail for talking to a child on the phone and opening an Instagram account.
The former Labor MP visited police three days after being released on probation in December 2019 to sign a form notifying him of his reporting obligations under the Child Protection Registry.
The court heard that he was warned that the police would not be lenient given his record.
“No, no, and neither should you, nor should you. I mean I voted for the legislation, remember,” he replied.
When the police came to his home less than a month later to check his devices, they realized that he had spoken with a young relative on the phone and had not notified them.
“Well, he was talking to his mother and she said, ‘Say hi to (Orkopoulos),'” he told them.
He had also created an Instagram account and followed soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
When asked why he hadn’t told them, he said he didn’t think he had used it.
He was charged and granted bail under conditions that included not using a phone with Internet access.
But the court heard that staff at the home where he lived caught him using another resident’s smartphone and notified the police.
“My sister will be delighted, that’s what I was talking about,” he told officials.
Orkopoulos also complained that organizing to make calls was “difficult and annoying.”
“He put his own needs above reporting obligations,” Justice Philip Stewart said.
Magistrate Stewart cited community safety when he told Orkopoulos that he wanted to impose a 12-month jail sentence.
But because the DPP decided to leave the case in local court rather than transfer it to District Court, one section of the legislation meant that it could impose no more than a community correctional order.
Orkopoulos was the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs when he was arrested in 2006 and later convicted of 30 offenses related to the supply of cannabis and heroin, as well as the sexual and indecent assault of three male victims.
He served nearly 12 years behind bars before being released on parole last December.
The court heard that Orkopoulos still faces charges related to allegations that he assaulted four other children in the Newcastle area in the 1990s.
Orkopoulos is currently in custody because his probation was revoked.