Ashby facing teen sex claims: ABC
THE staffer who made allegations of sexual harassment against Sunshine Coast MP Peter Slipper is himself under investigation over his alleged relationship with two 15-year-old boys, the ABC reported Monday night.
The ABC's 7.30 Report said the claims come from a Queensland man who contacted Mr Slipper after Mr Ashby launched his case earlier this year.
The man said he had a sexual relationship with Mr Ashby in Townsville in 2003, when he was 15 and Mr Ashby was in his mid-twenties.
According to an email sent to Mr Slipper by the young man, which has been obtained by the ABC, the man claims Mr Ashby ended their relationship to enter a relationship with another 15-year-old.
"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.
"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.
"The guy James broke it off for was also 15 at the time they began their relationship.
"James left me feeling used and disgusted with myself."
According to court documents released last week, Mr Slipper and Mr Ashby repeatedly discussed their homosexuality in text messages.
The ABC said it had seen Facebook messages that Mr Ashby sent to the young man confirming their relationship.
"I really never gave an explanation behind me f***ing off and not saying why," Mr Ashby reportedly wrote in one post.
"Strangely enough the reason was so pathetic but I thought I'd share it with you.
"Your mum freaked me out when she walked in on you and me in bed. That did my head in for some strange reason."
Mr Slipper reportedly urged the young man to take the matter to police.
The ABC reported Mr Slipper wrote to Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson on June 26, and forwarded on the emails and Facebook messages.
Under the Queensland Criminal Code, sex with minors is an offence punishable by up to 14 years in jail.
Police are investigating the allegations but unless one of the boys allegedly involved makes a formal complaint, the matter may not proceed.
Both Mr Slipper and Mr Ashby declined to comment to the ABC.