January 30, 2019 19:02:23
A former scoutmaster and celebrity psychologist has been arrested and extradited to Tweed Heads from Queensland to face historical child sex charges.
- Bob Montgomery was a consultant for Channel 10’s television program Big Brother
- The former scoutmaster was extradited from Queensland to NSW
- He is accused of sexually assaulting three 12-year-old boys in Sydney in the 1960s
NSW Police allege Doctor Bob Montgomery sexually assaulted three 12-year-old boys in the 1960s while he was a scoutmaster in Sydney’s east and inner west.
A warrant for Dr Montgomery’s extradition listed the charges as nine counts of indecent assault on male and two counts of buggery, police said.
Police allege the victims were scouts at Edgecliff and Marrickville during that time.
Scouts New South Wales told the ABC Dr Montgomery was terminated from the organisation in 1965 and that they had been working with police on their investigation for a number of years.
“Reporting is a crucial part of identifying and dealing with problems,” Jane Siebum, acting chief executive of Scouts Australia (NSW), said in a statement.
“Although these allegations date back over 50 years, it is very important that survivors are encouraged to report so that prosecutions can still be conducted.”
“Scouts have reached out to the alleged victims offering counselling and support.”
The statement did not detail the reasons for his dismissal.
The 75-year-old psychologist was extradited from the Gold Coast to Tweed Heads police station after appearing in a Queensland court today.
His lawyer has told the ABC he will fight the charges.
The celebrity psychologist appeared on Channel 10’s television program Big Brother as guest doctor and has appeared as an expert on ABC radio programs.
On his website, Dr Montgomery says he is the author of thirteen best-selling self-help books and has published articles in more than 30 professional journals.
He describes himself as a regular contributor to television, radio and print media.
January 30, 2019 18:45:19