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'Darkness' in accused pedophile: court

AAP logoAAP 25/07/2016 By Genevieve Gannon

An accused pedophile who police believe could have molested "hundreds" of children in the 1960s, `70s and `80s said he had "a darkness" in him that could not be controlled.

Kim Richard Harvey, of Carrara in Queensland, was last week extradited to Victoria to face 48 historic child sex offences relating to nine victims who were aged 11 to 16 when the offences were said to have been committed.

More alleged victims have come forward and police believe the true number of children the 62-year-old assaulted could be in the hundreds, the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard.

Detective Senior Constable Prue Ward said after he was arrested, Harvey made "general admissions" to police about the alleged crimes that spanned from 1965 to 1980.

He is accused of 28 counts of indecent assault, unlawful imprisonment, attempted buggery, attempted indecent assault and other sex offences against boys in Victoria.

"He replied that he was searching for love and relationships," Det Sen Const Ward said during Harvey's bail application.

Harvey told police he didn't mean to hurt the alleged victims, and that there was a darkness in his life, she said.

"The darkness would take over," she told the court.

"He said he can't control the darkness."

Prosecutor Sarah Lenthall said Harvey put himself in a position where he had access to boys.

He was a scout leader and owned a pinball machine, which was attractive to young boys, she said.

Magistrate Franz Holzer denied Harvey bail, saying the risk of him offending could not be ameliorated by imposing conditions.

"If these matters are proven they're likely to attract a substantial term of imprisonment," he said.

The court heard Harvey was "notorious" among his neighbours in Carrara who nicknamed him "the pedophile" because of his habit of asking mothers about the sexual activities of their teen sons.

"These are massive red flags for the court," Ms Lenthall said.

"The conversations being had with parents are entirely bizarre.

'They're about the sexual activities of teenage boys.

"It's not the job of parents to risk manage people like the applicant."

Harvey will return to court in October.

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