Queensland Pshychologist Extradited To NSW Over Sex Charges
A Queensland psychologist extradited to NSW on historical sex offences against young scouts has been granted strict conditional bail.
Robert Montgomery, 75, is alleged to have sexually abused three 12-year-old boys during his time as a scout leader in the 1960s.
Montgomery, who was granted bail at Byron Bay Local Court on Thursday, has been charged with two counts of buggery and nine counts of indecent assault on a male.
Speaking ahead of the court appearance on Thursday, Montgomery's lawyer Colin Greatorix said his client was "depressed" and in a "state of shock" over the charges.
He said Montgomery planned to fight the charges.
"He'll fight it, definitely," Greatorix told reporters.
"It's been very, very stressful for him and it has put him in a state of shock.
"I was concerned about his health, his mental health, so my object is to get him out as quickly as possible, get him back to his family and let him start living as much of a normal life as he can until these matters are determined."
Montgomery must report weekly to a Gold Coast police station, surrender his passport and not take a yacht or water vessel more than 20km from Southport.
He is also not allowed to go near parks, schools, public toilets or childcare centres.
Detectives from Sydney launched an investigation after the trio came forward with allegations last year.
Montgomery became a psychologist who once treated contestants on reality television show Big Brother and profiled notorious criminals.
Greatorix on Wednesday said his client's career was "finished" due to the allegations.
The matter is scheduled to return on April 24 at Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court.