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John Xydias likely to plead guilty to serial sex attacks

A MAN accused of drugging 13 women and filming himself raping them when they were unconscious is likely to plead guilty.
Court documents allege chef John Xydias was introduced to some of his victims by the man accused of being the Hot Chocolate Rapist - his close friend Harry Barkas.
The two are alleged to have drugged and attacked more than 40 women between them, and they face a combined total of more than 300 charges.
Mr Barkas - who has been charged over the series of assaults in the 1990s dubbed the Hot Chocolate rapes - is yet to face a hearing.
It is not alleged that the pair shared any victims or acted together.
Mr Xydias, 44, yesterday indicated through his lawyer he would plead guilty to "a suitable presentment" over the 13 alleged victims, who were assaulted between 1996 and 2006.
He faces 225 charges and police are yet to identify four of the alleged victims on the tapes.
A complaint about a hidden video camera being used to film women in a toilet at the Greek restaurant where Mr Xydias worked led police to search his Glen Iris home and family holiday house at Dromana.
They found a camera, tripod, photographs of women's genitals, women's underwear and tapes of Mr Xydias having sex with women who appeared to be unconscious.
Court documents show he told police when arrested that he had consensual sex with the women when they were awake and "the free agreement carried on through their loss of consciousness".
But many alleged victims - who he met at work or through mutual friends, including Mr Barkas - had never been in a knowing sexual relationship with Mr Xydias and had no idea they'd been assaulted until contacted by police.
Court documents also allege the women felt physically ill when viewing the tapes of their attacks, and were adamant they must have been drugged.
Several reported being given drinks by Mr Xydias and being unable to recall hours or even whole days.
The tapes allegedly show Mr Xydias stripping then sexually assaulting and raping the women, moving away or turning a light off if they stirred.
He did not apply for bail.
Magistrate Peter Reardon remanded Mr Xydias in custody to face the County Court in April.
Mr Barkas, 45, of South Yarra, faces 77 charges over rapes in which victims were allegedly given cups of hot chocolate spiked with prescription drugs including Rohypnol, temazepam and Xanax.
The incidents between 1990 and 2005 involved victims who were approached leaving nightclubs and offered a lift home. He is due to face court next month.

Herald Sun (2-4-2008)
Elissa Hunt

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