BUSTED! Child porn offender sends Hey Dad! star creepy online messages saying paedophile actor Robert Hughes was his “hero”

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A convicted child pornography offender pledged his loyalty and love to convicted celebrity paedophiles Rolf Harris and Robert Hughes as well as controversial senior Catholic clergyman George Pell in a series of threatening messages to a former child star of Hey Dad!.

Luke James Wallis created various fake social media profiles to harass former Hey Dad! star and victim of child sexual abuse, Sarah Monahan.

The 34-year-old registered sex offender from the Bendigo suburb of Golden Square sent a series of messages by Facebook to Ms Monahan, some under fake names, including ‘Mr Kelly’ and ‘George Pell = Hero’.

Cardinal Pell has been at the centre of accusations that he assisted paedophile priests in escaping justice for their crimes dating back to his time in Ballarat as a young priest in the 1970s as well being accused of several instances of child sexual abuse himself.

‘Mr Kelly’ was the name of the title character of the popular 1980s sitcom, Hey Dad!, played by Robert Hughes – who was decades later unmasked and convicted as a paedophile who had committed a wide array of sex crimes. He was jailed in 2014 for at least six years.

His carefully crafted image of 80s sitcom star began to unravel after Ms Monahan in 2010 revealed how she had been abused during her time as a child actor by a man she had been working with. Other women and acting colleagues soon came forward to share their stories with media about their experiences and concerns about Mr Hughes (pictured, above).

The contents of the messages Mr Wallis sent to Ms Monahan were horrific, to say the least. In one of the posts, Mr Wallis said he was “really proud of Robert Hughes” and that the disgraced star “will always be my hero, always”.

Another comment from Mr Wallis defended another celebrity sex offender, Rolf Harris.

Mr Wallis has a prior conviction in 2013 for possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to four months imprisonment after police found 48 images, featuring young children, on his computer and a hard drive following a search of his home in February 2012.

His defence lawyer told the court this month he was a “self-described loner” who was diagnosed with a schizotypal mental illness.

When federal authorities raided Mr Wallis’s unit in August last year, he told investigators that the messages were written to”stir [Monahan] up” and get a reaction.

Mr Wallis will return to court in Melbourne in March to learn of his fate.

Meanwhile, Ms Monahan released a memoir last year in which she named Mr Hughes as the man who had abused her on set.

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