Actor Jeremy Kewley has been sentenced to 23 months prison after pleading guilty to 19 charges, including indecent acts with a child under 16, indecent assaults and making and possessing child pornography.
Kewley, who has long list of credits including Stingers, Janus, Underbelly and Blue Heelers, will also receive a three-year community corrections order and be on the sex offenders register for life.
Judge Duncan Allen described the assaults, filmed as audition scenes, as a shocking breach of trust.
The abuse between 1989 and 2011 upon boys aged 9-14, involved Kewley pressing himself against some boys, putting a hand on the groins of others and kissing some on the face. He also pulled some boys’ costumes tight to emphasise their genitals, while a video camera recorded everything.
The boys were told the physical contact was part of an audition for either a scene for a short film, or an advertisement. While the boys were being sexually exploited, their parents sat downstairs in Kewley’s Brighton home, unaware what was happening.
The judge said he had left his child victims psychologically traumatised.
“Many of your victims had an aspiration for a life in acting,” he said. “Their ambitions were dashed while they were boys as a result of your horrible conduct.”
But he also described the offending at the lower end of the spectrum for sex-abuse offences, as the contact was non-penetrative, over clothing and fleeting. Outside the court victims families criticised the sentence.
Kewley, who also had a career as a warm-up man on shows such as The Footy Show, Young Talent Time and Marngrook Footy Show, has already served 49 days in custody.