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Actor’s indecent acts on boys

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Victorian actor Jeremy Kewley has appeared in court charged with more than 100 indecent acts involving boys under 16.

The 54-year-old from Brighton made his first appearance at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

He faces 103 charges of indecent acts involving boys under 16 in 2011 along with a further two charges of possessing child porn.

He was given conditional bail and told to return to the court for a further hearing on March 13.

Summarising the alleged offences, prosecutor Luisa Di Pietrantonio told the court: “The accused advertised for young males to participate in screen tests for a new movie”.

She said that 27 boys applied, and screen tests were conducted.

Videos found on Kewley’s computer showed him touching the boys groin areas, kissing them on the lips and face and pushing himself against their buttocks, the court heard.

The offences are alleged to have occurred in June and July 2011.

Ms Di Pietrantonio said of the child porn images found on his computer, “a few” were in the worst category.

Moorabbin Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team detectives arrested and charged Kewley on Thursday morning.