Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Former ALP official found guilty of child prostitution offences

A Sydney District Court jury has found a former ALP official guilty of child prostitution offences.

Neville Francis Hilton faced court on 19 charges that he provided a premises for and obtained benefits from child prostitution.

The District Court was told two 13 and 14-year-old girls worked at a brothel Hilton part-owned near Wollongong in August of last year.

Hilton had told the trial he did not know the girls were underage because he did not think it was his role to ask for identification and he had been told they "checked out".

But after two hours of deliberations, the jury of five men and seven women have rejected the 64-year-old's claim and found him guilty of all 19 charges.

Hilton will face a sentencing hearing in November. His bail was continued.

By Just Us 1 September 04


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