Gareth Ward has been revealed as the MP at the centre of a police investigation led by the child abuse and sex crimes squad.
Gareth Ward has been revealed as the MP at the centre of a police investigation led by the child abuse and sex crimes squad.

Revealed: LNP MP Gareth Ward in sex crimes squad probe

NSW Liberal MP Gareth Ward is under police investigation over alleged sexual violence-related offences.  

The Families, Communities and Disability Services Minister issued a statement on Thursday night denying the allegation.  

He said he will stand aside from those roles until the matter is resolved.  

"Today I have been made aware by a journalist of an investigation into me by NSW Police," Mr Ward said.  

"I have not been contacted by police in relation to any allegations. I deny any wrongdoing.  

"Until this matter is resolved, it is appropriate I stand aside from my role as minister. I will also remove myself from the Liberal Party room."  

NSW Police said earlier on Thursday detectives from the NSW police child abuse and sex crime squad were investigating an NSW MP over allegations dating back to 2013.  

"As investigations are continuing no further information is available," a police spokesman said.

*For 24-hour sexual violence support call the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or MensLine on 1800 600 636. 

 

Originally published as MP under investigation over sexual assault