Police investigate underage sex claims against James Ashby

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James Ashby is reportedly under investigation by police over allegations he had sex with underage boys.

Peter Slipper and James Ashby

James Ashby has alleged Peter Slipper sexually harassed him on a number of occasions, via mobile phone text messages and in private conversations
Source: The Courier-Mail

POLICE are investigating claims that James Ashby, the man who accused Peter Slipper of sexually harassing him, had sexual relationships with two 15-year-old boys.

The claims come from a Queensland man who contacted the stood-aside Speaker of the House of Representatives after Mr Ashby launched his sexual harassment case.

The man claims he had a sexual relationship with Mr Ashby in Townsville in 2003 when he was 15. Mr Ashby was then in his 20s.

Queensland police confirmed they were investigating.

The claims came to light on the ABC’s 7.30 program which obtained an email the man sent Mr Slipper.

In the email, the man also claims Mr Ashby ended their relationship to pursue a relationshhip with another 15-year-old boy.

“In 2003 I met James Ashby through a mutual friend. He was working for a radio station and in the process of moving to Townsville,” the email said.

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“We began a sexual relationship which lasted for a few weeks before James broke it off as he had started a relationship with another person, which lasted two or three years.

“I was 15 at the time, however what we did, under Queensland law, cannot be consented to under the age of 18.”

He said when Mr Ashby left him he felt “used and disgusted” with himself.

The program reported it had also seen Facebook messages that Mr Ashby sent to the young man confirming their relationship.

After the man sent Mr Slipper this material, the Speaker urged him to take the matter to police.

Mr Slipper then took action himself, writing to Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson on June 26, and forwarding on the emails and Facebook messages.

“Although the allegations that have come to light predate Mr Ashby’s employment with my office, they raise issues of possible criminal conduct. In these circumstances, I cannot ignore the allegations,” he wrote in his letter to Mr Atkinson.

Under the Queensland Criminal Code, sex with minors is an offence punishable by up to 14 years in jail, and 7.30 has confirmed the police are investigating the claim Mr Ashby had sex with underage boys, though it is not yet clear at all whether he will have a case to answer.


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