‘Hey Dad’ Star Arrested; Child Actor Watches Story Unfold from Texas

by on August 9, 2012 · 0 comments

Sarah Monahan, who played Jenny in “Hey Dad!” today. Photograph via Facebook.

This morning, reports emerged that Robert Hughes, who played father Martin Kelly on popular 80′s Aussie TV show “Hey Dad!”, was arrested in London following a two year investigation into child sex crimes. One of the alleged victims was Sarah Monahan, who played his young daughter Jenny on the show.

The arrest came following the investigation into crimes against five girls between 1985 and 1990, which began when Monahan spoke to Australian media about the abuse in 2010. Monahan, who currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, has stated that she was six when the abuse began, and claims that it was kept quiet to ensure the continued success of the popular series. To make things worse, she also spoke of her responsibility as  her family’s bread winner after her father had suddenly died a few weeks before she took on the role.

Monahan was in the USA as news of the arrest emerged, and recounted her reaction to the operation – codename “Strike Force Ruskin” – via social networking sites Twitter and Facebook.