Veteran actress Maggie Kirkpatrick, who played a violent and corrupt warden nicknamed “The Freak” in a cult Australian soap opera set in a women’s prison, has been found guilty of molesting a 13-year-old psychiatric hospital patient in her home more than 30 years ago.

The series was known as “Prisoner” in Australia, and “Prisoner: Cell Block H” or “Caged Women” overseas. It ran from 1979 to 1986.

Kirkpatrick, 74, whose character Joan “The Freak” Ferguson would molest inmates with the excuse of conducting body searches, was charged in Melbourne Magistrates Court with two counts of indecently assaulting the young “Prisoner” fan in the 1984 and one count of gross indecency with a person under 16. On Thursday, Magistrate Peter Mealy found the complainant was a “witness of truth”. Read more…

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Aussie actress Maggie Kirkpatrick found guilty of sexually assaulting teenage fan