Hey Dad! star Sarah Monahan reveals she’s now living a simple life on a Texas ranch


Hey Dad! star Sarah Monahan reveals she’s now living a simple life on a Texas ranch… but refuses to reveal her location in fears paedophile co-star Robert Hughes will track her down

Hey Dad! star Sarah Monahan has revealed she’s currently living a simple life on a sprawling Texas ranch, after dreaming about moving there since she was a child.

The Australian actress, 45, told New Idea on Monday that she and her husband Matt have set up camp in an old Winnebago and a 1972 Airstream caravan on a 40-hectare ranch, after previously residing on a boat moored in Florida.

In the same interview, Sarah said she refused to reveal the exact location of her peaceful haven, in fears her former Hey Dad! co-star and convicted paedophile Robert Hughes might track her down.

Happy: Hey Dad! star Sarah Monahan has revealed she’s currently living a simple life on a sprawling Texas ranch, after dreaming about moving there since she was a child. Pictured last week

‘He may be getting out soon – I don’t want him knowing where I live,’ she said of Hughes, now 73, who abused her behind the scenes of the TV sitcom.

Hughes played Sarah’s on-screen father on the show from 1987 to 1994. 

She was six years old when she joined the cast.

Hughes was jailed for a maximum of 10 years and nine months in 2014 after a jury found him guilty of 10 charges relating to sexual and indecent acts against four girls in the 1980s and 1990s.

Abuse: Sarah (centre, front) was a victim of paedophile Robert Hughes (left, front) on set of Hey Dad!, which began airing in 1987

Abuse: Sarah (centre, front) was a victim of paedophile Robert Hughes (left, front) on set of Hey Dad!, which began airing in 1987

The actor, who has renounced his Australian citizenship and faces immediate deportation to his native UK upon release, was denied parole in 2020 and 2021.

It was reported in February 2022 that he will remain in prison for child sex offences after a decision on his parole was delayed.

Hughes has continually maintained his innocence, insisting he is the victim of false allegations.

Coming home: Sarah revealed that she will be heading back to Australia later this year to attend his parole hearing as she and his other victims fear he might be freed. Pictured on set with Hughes

Coming home: Sarah revealed that she will be heading back to Australia later this year to attend his parole hearing as she and his other victims fear he might be freed. Pictured on set with Hughes 

His non-parole period of six years finished in 2020 and his sentence expires on January 6, 2025.

Sarah revealed that she will be heading back to Australia later this year to attend his parole hearing, as she and his other victims fear he might be freed.

‘We have never done it… The other girls and I are going to do it because we think they’re going to let him out this time,’ she said. 

Home: Sarah and her husband Matt have set up camp in an old Winnebago and a 1972 Airstream caravan on a 40-hectare ranch in Texas, after previously residing on a boat moored in Florida

Home: Sarah and her husband Matt have set up camp in an old Winnebago and a 1972 Airstream caravan on a 40-hectare ranch in Texas, after previously residing on a boat moored in Florida

Living her life: Sarah is pictured on her ranch with her beloved dog, Teddy

Living her life: Sarah is pictured on her ranch with her beloved dog, Teddy

‘I want him to see that I’m actually not scared of him. I’m not nervous about doing it. I think I used to be, but I’m not these days.’

Elsewhere in the interview, Sarah revealed she misses her home country of Australia and would love to move back home in future if she could ‘get work and afford to live in Sydney’.

If you or someone you know is affected by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT or visit www.1800respect.org.au

The quiet life: Sarah described her life in Texas as 'peaceful'

The quiet life: Sarah described her life in Texas as ‘peaceful’

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