Aussie Actress Maggie Kirkpatrick Found Guilty Of Sexually Abusing Teenage Girl
Australian actress, 74-year-old Maggie Kirkpatrick, could possibly face non-custodial sentence after Melbourne Magistrates Court found the actress guilty of one charge of gross indecency and two counts of indecent assault against a person below 16. The incident happened 30 years ago against a teenage girl.
According to a report from Sydney Morning Herald, in 1984, the actress met her victim, a 14-year-old girl who was being treated for personality disorder and substance abuse, at a psychiatric hospital. Kirkpatrick then invited the victim to her house some time in June or July and “shared a meal, before the actress sexually assaulted the girl in a bedroom.”
The teenager was then handed with signed autograph and a yellow jumper before Kirkpatrick drove her to the hospital following the sexual assault. In 2013, the reported to the police the violations amid apprehensions no one would give credence to her allegations.
But Peter Mealy, a magistrate, said “the victim” was “a witness of truth” and the “charges were proven.”
‘Single incident of limited standing’
Counsel for the defense, lawyer Justin Hannebery said the offense was “related to a single incident of limited standing” without “threats of physical violence” and that it “did not involve penetration.”
The actress entered a “not guilty plea” and denied the victim’s allegations.
Hannebery urged the magistrate to sentence Kirkpatrick to community corrections instead of imprisonment. The actress, who is now a grandmother, is scheduled to appear before the Magistrates Court again on Friday for the sentence. Kirkpatrick was famous for her role of lesbian prison guard on the hit TV series “Prisoner” in 1980s.