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WA counsellor Allan Keith Huggins faces court accused of abusing 20 young boys

A counsellor once acknowledged as one of Australia's leading authorities in men's health is facing criminal charges over the sexual abuse of at least 20 boys.
Allan Keith Huggins, 66, appeared in Perth Magistrate's Court today charged with 32 counts of sexual abuse of boys as young as 11, dating back more than 20 years.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Natalie Crook told the court Huggins faces a second set of similar charges, taking the number of alleged victims to more than 20.
He will appear in court again on Friday.
The latest charges stem from when Huggins worked as an education officer for the Warminda program, which helped troubled boys in the 1990s, and as a counselling psychotherapist at the Perth Adolescent Service around the same time.
Police say six boys, then aged 11 to 17, was sexually abused by Huggins.
Senior Constable Crook told the court police were investigating the possibility of more recent victims.
Huggins currently runs a counselling service for men in Rockingham, south of Perth.
His online resume details more than 20 years in the area of counselling and men's health, citing him as one of the leading academics and advocates in the field of men's health studies and men's issues in Australia.
He was appointed by then-federal health minister Carmen Lawrence to help draft the first National Men's Health Policy Document in 1995.
An attempt by Huggins' lawyer David McKenzie to have his name suppressed from publication was refused by Magistrate Barbara Lane, who said it was in the public interest to reveal his identity.
In a highly unusual move, WA police have set up a national hotline - labelled "Speak up, we will listen'' - specifically for other potential victims of Huggins to contact them.
"If his offending or conduct has affected you or someone you know, and you would like to talk about it, call 1800 552 203,'' the WA police said in a statement.

www.perthnow.com.au (27-8-2013)
Tim Clarke

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