Polling booth shock
The employment of a convicted child sex offender to check-off voters at the Rutherglen Primary School voting centre on Saturday has left parents and locals horrified.
Actor Jeremy Kewley, well-known for his roles in Blue Heelers, Neighbours and Stingers, was among the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) staff at the school.
In 2016, the 58 year-old was sentenced to 23 months in jail after pleading guilty to sexual assaults on boys aged between nine and 14.
Local father Darren Trevaskis spoke to the Free Press saying he has complained to the VEC after he and his wife recognised Mr Kewley when they were in line to vote.
“I was disgusted to see a paedophile marking off names in our community,” Mr Trevaskis said.
“We were actually talking about him at the pub on Friday night.
“We loved him as an actor and know him from Blue Heelers, we were just completely shocked to see him there the next day.
“Initially I was just in shock, like ‘wow, how can they let him be here doing a government job, how is he at a bloody school? He’s a criminal.
“I’m just thankful I didn’t have my kids there with me when I was voting, and I know other people would have. It’s really scary stuff.”
The VEC would not comment directly on the hiring of Kewley, citing privacy laws.
A VEC spokesman has been reported in saying the VEC did not require criminal convictions to be exposed by those employed for polls. The VEC has deemed criminal checks to not be a mandatory requirement of the recruitment process for election casuals.
Offenders have to keep police aware of their movements for a period as part of register conditions.
This image of Jeremy Kewley was taken at the Rutherglen Primary School polling booth on Saturday and posted on Facebook.