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Childhood sexual abuse is an insidious crime

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:11 AM

Teen sex accused given bail
Last updated 13:55 19/03/2013

A Marlborough man accused of sexually abusing teenage girls over 27 years has been granted bail to prepare his defence to the charges.

In the Blenheim District Court yesterday Judge Stephen Harrop granted the 64-year-old man electronically monitored bail on strict conditions.

Judge Harrop suppressed the details of the bail hearing to protect the man's right to a fair trial. He said the man was presumed innocent until proven guilty and any trial could be a year away.

He was concerned about keeping a potentially innocent man in custody for 18 months, he said. It was also vital the man had full access to his lawyer to allow him a chance at a fair trial and the judge said police concerns about the man's bail would be met by the bail conditions.

The man is facing 130 charges including rape and sexual abuse of 10 teenage girls,
along with drugs charges and making and possession objectionable images.

- The Marlborough Express

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:05 PM

Man admits charges related to paedophile ring

STAFF REPORTER Last updated 07:55 28/03/2013

A South Canterbury man accused of offering his infant son for sexual gratification in exchange for $500 has admitted charges relating to an international paedophile ring.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to 19 charges, including making, possessing and distributing objectionable material, when he appeared in the Oamaru District Court on Tuesday.

A further 15 charges relating to making, distributing and possessing objectionable material have been withdrawn.

Judge David Saunders remanded the man, whose name is suppressed, for sentence on June 5.

The summary of facts is also suppressed until that date.

The man's arrest followed a North Island paedophile admitting a raft of horrific offences against children after New Zealand police infiltrated an international "spider web" of child abusers.

Aaron John Ellmers, 41, who was arrested in Christchurch, admitted multiple child-sex offences when he appeared in the Hastings District Court last month.

Police have said the 27-year-old offered his 18-month-old son for sexual gratification in exchange for $500.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:26 PM

QC Calls For Former Pope's Indictment

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[color=#403F07][/color]diggPosted ImageGeoffrey Robertson QC, the high profile Australian barrister is leading calls for the Vatican to lose its status as a state and to have the former Pope Benedict XVI to be indicted for his alleged cover up of child sex abuse by the Catholic Church.

The calls came at the screening of a documentary in which Robertson appeared when he gave evidence before the UN Committee on Rights of the Child.

The documentary, Silence in the House of God: Mea Maxima Culpa, (See trailer below) was screened at the same time as the new Pope was being elected.

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He argued that the former pope acted negligently in what Robertson estimates to be 100,000 cases of sex abuse by priests since 1981, when Ratzinger became head of the Vatican office known as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

“You can see the negligence that has characterised Benedict’s reign ... he was burying his head in the sand when the evidence of child molestation came about,” he said.

“The scale of abuse is international and this is a real human rights’ problem and no one is seeing it in that way.”

Robertson also criticised Canon Law for protecting perpetrators by directing that allegations of child molestation be investigated in secrecy, and described as “bogus” the recognition of the Vatican as a state, which gives the pope sovereign immunity from civil suits or criminal prosecution.

Ratzinger’s resignation in February, however, means he is no longer protected by head-of-state immunity in the international criminal court (ICC), and could therefore face the full weight of international law, continued Robertson. A crime against humanity under the ICC statute includes rape and sexual slavery as well as inhumane acts causing harm to mental or physical health, which are committed against civilians on a widespread or systematic scale and condoned by a government or a de facto authority.

When asked for his take on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse in Australia, Robertson said he hoped the exercise would lead to genuine action to tackle the problem. The Commission is due to hand down an interim report no later than 30 June 2014.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard flagged the establishment of the Royal Commission in November last year after the senior NSW Police detective Peter Fox alleged the Catholic Church covered up abuse by paedophile priests.

Robertson said he was surprised by the number of staunch defenders of the Catholic Church in Australia in the wake of the allegations.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:32 PM

Child sex criminal jailed indefinitely

AARON LEAMAN Last updated 12:44 26/04/2013

IN THE DOCK: Bradford Charles Pascoe is sentenced.

Name suppression for Bradford Charles Pascoe, 38, was lifted today when he appeared for sentencing in the High Court in Hamilton on a raft of sex charges.

Pascoe's offending, which included the sexual violation of a 2-year-old boy, was detected during a child exploitation investigation started by Italian police.

Justice Wylie
said Pascoe was assessed at high risk of reoffending and imposed a sentence of preventive detention, with a minimum jail term of eight years

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 05:55 PM

Pervert pastor jailed

on May 15, 2013 12:01 am in In Truth Last Week, News / comments

Sex terror lasted for 16 years

By Stephen Cook

A FORMER Samoan church pastor has been jailed for 20 years for horrific sexual offending against his three young stepdaughters over nearly two decades.
Strict suppression orders prohibit Truth from naming the 53-year-old man, but we can confirm his reign of terror against his three young victims continued unabated for 16 years before he was arrested and charged.
The man, who is apparently well-known in the tight-knit Auckland Samoan community, was eventually convicted on 30 charges of sexual and violent offending.
Most of the man’s congregation still has no knowledge of his offending or his arrest
The victims were his stepdaughters and two were only seven when the offending began.
In one incident, the man raped one of the seven-year-olds and when she began crying and asked him to stop, he told her to “shut up” or he would “kill her”
In another incident, the man put his hands down the young girl’s pants while her mother was in the same room.
Years later when he did something similar he discovered the girl had her period so punched her several times with a closed fist.
With one of his other young victims, the man told her on her birthday that her present this year would be sex. He then raped her.
He later claimed the girl would dress provocatively around him and sex with her was initially “consensual”.
In her victim impact statement, one of the girls described the man as a “monster” who’d destroyed any chance she might ever have of a normal life.
Surprisingly, one of his victims said she forgave the man and just wanted to move on with her life. That said, she was a “changed person” because of what she had been subjected to over the years.
She had difficulty sleeping and had shied away from relationships with men.
At sentencing Justice Kit Toogood said the offending had caused significant psychological and emotional harm to the victims.
While 20 years was a long term of imprisonment, it was necessary in this case to reflect the vulnerability of the man’s young victims, the breach of trust and the severe and enduring effects the offending had had on all three girls.
Such a sentence was also necessary to protect the community from the man who presented a high risk of reoffending.
He also directed there to be a minimum non-parole period of 10 years to ensure the man did not become eligible for parole and possible release after just six and a half years.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 03:45 PM

Teacher banned in secret
By Kathryn Powley Email Kathryn
5:30 AM Sunday Jun 2, 2013


The victim of a predatory teacher wishes she'd never complained to the Teachers Council after being gagged from talking about her own case.

The woman said she wants to encourage other potential victims to come forward, but can only do so anonymously. The suppression rules are under review and may change when Parliament's regulations review committee meets next week, but any changes will be too late for the 40-year-old mother-of-two.

She managed to get the high school teacher struck off late last year for having sex with her when she was a student in the late 1980s. He was also convicted of assaulting a former partner, but his identity was suppressed in keeping with Teachers' Council disciplinary tribunal rules.

This week, the tribunal declined the Herald on Sunday's application to publish the teacher's details. Chairman Kenneth Johnson said the tribunal was not persuaded there was any reason to release the details.

Editor Bryce Johns said the paper was disappointed but not surprised.

"The reasoning in the decision shows how little weight is given to the wishes of victims in this process. The tribunal is out of touch and this is clearly why legislation around it is under review.

The sooner change is made, the safer our children will be."

- Herald on Sunday
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Posted 02 June 2013 - 03:50 PM

Hundreds of kids in CYF abuse review

By Edward Gay @edwardgay Email Edward
5:30 AM Saturday May 25, 2013


Cases of suspected neglect notified more than 20 times suggests that agency not 'putting picture together'

An executive summary found social workers were "overly optimistic" about the parents' abilities to change their violent behaviour. Photo / Thinkstock

Child Youth and Family is reviewing the cases of more than 200 children thought to have been subjected to continued abuse and neglect despite repeated warnings to social workers.

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills said the children had been referred to CYF more than 20 times each and the notifications could include everything from serious violence to children repeatedly turning up to school hungry.

"I wish it was none but you're going to have kids who have repeat notifications," he said.

The review was sparked by District Court Judge Dale Clarkson's criticism of CYF in December after social workers failed to respond to 21 warnings relating to four siblings who were abused and neglected by their father, a convicted child rapist, and their mother, who left them alone in a South Auckland mall carpark.

Judge Clarkson was so alarmed at CYF's "disappointing lack of protection" that she referred the case to Dr Wills. His review of a report by CYF chief social worker Paul Nixon into that case has been completed, but Dr Wills said CYF was doing a second review that would focus on the 200 children referred to CYF more than 20 times in the past 10 years.

"That's a big deal, and it suggests that someone hasn't put the picture together." He said the review would take some time and he was confident the findings would be robust.

Labour's social development spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern said it was not clear if the 200 cases included substantiated abuse cases. "But I just don't think it's acceptable that we're leaving any vulnerable children in a situation of abuse when CYF knows about it," she said.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said she understood CYF was reviewing the cases with 20 or more notifications to look into the decision-making and practice for complex cases with multiple notifications

"I welcome CYF taking an opportunity to take a step back, ask questions and find ways to improve practice and policy," she said.

CYF has refused to release its report into the case dealt with by Judge Clarkson but an executive summary found social workers were "overly optimistic" about the parents' abilities to change their violent behaviour.

CYF deputy chief executive Bernadine Mackenzie said the review found some staff did not perform.

"We have entered into a (human resources) process with three staff. A small number of others are having discussions with management around their work."

Dr Wills said the problem stemmed from a pattern of high staff turnover and huge workloads coupled with superficial assessments by individual social workers.

"A social worker should have sat down with a supervisor and gone through the whole history. They didn't, that was a mistake - it was a serious mistake - and the review acknowledges that."

Dr Wills said while it wasn't unusual for parents to lie, avoid social workers and move around the country, it was unusual for cases of that nature not to be reviewed by staff.

He said CYF's workload needed to be reduced and this could happen as police and health providers increasingly referred lower-level cases to community organisations.

According to CYF figures, the numbers of referrals have gone from 40,939 to 152,800 in nine years. Dr Wills attributed that in part to a change in social attitudes towards violence and campaigns such as the "It's not OK" anti-violence" campaign.

Mr Nixon said improvements had been made since the 2000s. "For the first time in over a decade Child Youth and Family is consistently delivering against every single commitment."

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 05:07 PM

Teen who filmed girl's sexual abuse jailed
3:16 PM Tuesday Sep 24, 2013


A teenager who plied a 10-year-old girl with alcohol and then filmed himself and his girlfriend sexually abusing her has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Johann Daubeck, 19, and his girlfriend, who cannot be named, were sentenced at the High Court in Auckland this morning by Justice Rebecca Ellis.

Daubeck had pleaded guilty to sexual violation by rape of a child under 12, sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection and one charge of making an intimate visual recording.

In October 2012, Daubeck, then 18, and his girlfriend had taken the girl into a forest, plied her with RTDs, then took photographs and filmed themselves sexually abusing her.

On two other occasions on the same weekend, when his girlfriend was not present, Daubeck had sexually violated and raped the girl.

His lawyer Sam Wimsett said Daubeck had shown remorse for his offending and wanted to receive treatment.

"He is desperately keen to leave Mt Eden [prison] to move to a facility where he can get the treatment that he needs."

Mr Wimsett said Daubeck had himself been abused as a child, "and that may well have had some role to play in what has happened in this case".

Crown prosecutor Keiran Raftery noted Daubeck's previous offending of the same type four years earlier.

Mr Raftery said Daubeck was given a second chance at that time, and had undergone a treatment programme, which was a "total failure".

He said a sentence of preventive detention needed to be considered as it provided a lifetime period of parole, and the ability to recall to prison "before matters get out of hand."

One of the aggravated features was the degree of planning and premeditation. "They decided to take [the victim] to the woods, they decided to buy alcohol for her, they decided to ply her with it so she was drunk."

In sentencing, Justice Ellis said the two offenders had "encouraged and brought out the worst in each other."

She said Daubeck did not seem to fully understand the harm caused to his victim. "She was a 10-year-old girl, and not an object for you to do with what you wished.

"The fact she apparently complied because you got her drunk first doesn't make what you did okay or better. If anything, it makes what you did worse."

There was an "extra degradation" involved because the photos had been uploaded to the internet.

Justice Ellis said she had given "very serious thought" to a sentence of preventive detention, but decided on a finite sentence, which may be followed by a period of supervision.

"There are no quick fixes for the problems that you have and you need time, which is one thing I suppose that jail can offer you."

Daubeck was sentenced to seven years in prison with a minimum period of imprisonment of four years.

His interim name suppression was lifted today as the victim's family wanted him to be publicly named.

The teenage girl was sentenced to two years intensive supervision and 200 hours community work for six charges, including uploading the images to the internet.

She is also subject to conditions including not to be alone with children and not having access to devices which connect to the internet or take photos.

She was also ordered to undertake a Safe treatment programme for child sex offending, and continue with therapy.

Justice Ellis told her she hoped the teen understood she was much luckier than many others who came before the court, but that the sentence should not in any way be considered to minimise her offending.

"What you did was incredibly selfish and stupid," Justice Ellis said.

"The harm you caused this little girl and her family will never be over. Unlike you, they do not get a second chance."

Justice Ellis said she would be personally monitoring the teen's progress every three months and would call her back before the court if necessary.


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 04:48 PM

Predators 'sextorting' kids online

Last updated 05:00, January 20 2014

Online predators are increasingly resorting to "sextortion" - blackmailing child victims into providing explicit images.

Internet safety watchdogs say they are seeing new trends in the methods used to extort kids as young as eight into sending pictures of themselves to perverts, who often masquerade as youngsters online.

Netsafe executive director Martin Cocker said children could end up in a tangle "difficult to unravel" and too scared to tell those who could help them.

"We see a pattern where a young person provides some pictures and the adult asks for something more risque - and more, and more until they say, ‘no'. And then they say, ‘I'll send those pictures out to your friends and people you don't know if I don't get what I want."'

Detective Senior Sergeant John Michael, who leads the Online Child Exploitation Across New Zealand (Oceanz) unit, said police were now dealing with similar cases every few weeks - with most offenders based overseas.

Few ever made contact in person, but they still had the potential to hurt and humiliate online, he said.

Educational psychologist Fiona Ayers said children who had difficulty socialising would be more receptive to a stranger's advances and more likely agree to supply risque photos.

"Abusers are able to do persuade kids to do these things because they think it's part of a friendship when, really, it's grooming."

Mr Michael said while kids technically had to be 13-years-old to have a Facebook profile, many younger children were on the site. Police had dealt with victims as young as 8, Mr Michael said.

Offenders could create fake social media profiles to befriend youngsters and, once they had gained their trust, would request mildly sexual images.

Those images would then be used for "sextortion", with the predator threatening to leak them unless more explicit material was provided.

The victims' families often had no idea about the extortion until police showed up on their doorstep, he said.

Oceanz was investigating a New Zealander thought to be involved in online exploitation of children abroad, he said.

Last year, Wellington man Graham MacDonald Young, 60, was jailed for making and possessing objectionable material. He created a fake online persona using photographs of former Shortland Street actor Adam Rickitt to persuade a 13-year-old girl in New York to send pictures of herself.

Detective Senior Sergeant Neil Holden, of Wellington district child protection, said parents had to understand how new communication technology worked. "Parents like to know where their children are. It's also important they know where they are online."

Mr Michael said teaching children to be cynical about their internet "friendships" could help them be more wary online.


❏ The proliferation of devices such as smartphones and tablets that can go online wirelessly means it is harder to monitor what kids are up to online. But Fiona Ayers, of Psychology for Children, says there are warning signs:

❏ They go on the computer at the same time every day.

❏ They are secretive when they use the computer or leave the room with internet capable devices.

❏ They are very happy when getting off the computer.

❏ They are depressed, down or withdrawn.

❏ Their behaviour changes.


❏ Your child should know that they cannot give out personal information online or post pictures or videos of themselves online.

❏ Make sure your child knows that they are not allowed to meet, in person, with anyone they meet online.

❏ Set rules for the use of internet chat rooms and social networking websites.

❏ Block the websites that you want to keep your child away from.


If you are worried about your child's internet usage or suspect they are being exploited online, seek expert advice at or 0508 Netsafe, or call the police.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 01:18 PM

Man to be tried on sex, drugs charges
Last updated 13:07 28/02/2014

A Marlborough man in his 60s will face a total of 48 sex-related and drugs charges when he goes on trial this year.

The man was arrested in August 2012 and will face the charges in a trial in the High Court in Nelson starting on June 9. The trial is expected to take up to four weeks.

The charges span 29 years.

The earlier allegations date from claims of offending in 1984, and the most recent charges relate to incidents in 2012, shortly before he was arrested.

The majority of charges relate to alleged incidents in and around Blenheim, six near Kaikoura and one in the lower North Island.

He was granted interim name suppression when he first appeared in court on August 31, 2012 and that has been continued at least until the end of his trial.

All details of the women named in the charges are permanently suppressed.

His defence counsel is Rob Harrison, of Blenheim.

The charges have been dealt with in the Blenheim and Nelson courts several times since his arrest.

He was initially arrested on 59 charges, and this was increased to 130 in January last year.

However, the Crown prosecutor had reduced this to 48 charges to go to trial.

The man faces three charges of rape, nine of unlawful sexual violation, two of sexual grooming, one of unlawful sexual connection, one of attempted sexual violation, eight of indecent assault on a person under 16, five of indecent assault on a girl aged between 12 and 16, one of indecent assault and eight of making objectionable publications.

He will also face 10 drug charges - three of supplying class A drug LSD, six of supplying class C drug cannabis, and one of supplying class C drug BZP.

The sex-related charges involved 10 women, five of whom are understood to claim they were also given drugs by the defendant.

- The Marlborough Express

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 12:00 PM

Teacher jailed for sexual abuse, supplying drugs to children

By Nikki Preston
4:30 PM Wednesday Mar 12, 2014


A South Waikato teacher has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing to children and supplying drugs to one at a maori immersion school.

Reuben James Parinui Tapara, 33, was sentenced today at Hamilton District Court on 11 charges of sexual conduct, sexual violation of children and supplying drugs during the three years he was assistant principal at Te Wharekura O Te Kaokaoroa in Putaruru.

The victims were a boy who Tapara had carried sexual acts with for two and a half-years for various amounts of cash and two others who had been fondled above their clothes in the classroom.

In his sentencing, Judge Thomas said the acts had been ``planned and premeditated'' and been carried out in a ``cynical and calculated way'' over a number of years. He said Tapara had abused the trust which not only of the young boys and their families, but the school and the wider community and the effects on the victims would be ``significantly traumatic and on-going''.

Friends and families of the victims in court to hear the outcomes cried at news Tapara would be in prison for seven years.

The mother of the victim most seriously abused told the court Tapara had ``killed her son's childhood''. She said when she had trusted the school and teachers with her child, she had never dreamt she would have to worry about him being sexually abused. ``I have not had a full night's sleep since finding out what he did to my son.''

Tapara's lawyer James Gurnick said his client was ``deeply remorseful and regretful''.

- NZ Herald

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 06:32 PM

If was also a volunteer at an organisation where he had "contributed to saving many lives", may we surmise he possibly worked in a medic in the ambulance service?

Disgustingly sickening

Lecturer hid camera to film stepdaughters
Last updated 18:47 08/04/2014

A lecturer at an Auckland-based university will lose his job after admitting setting up a hidden camera to spy on his teenage stepdaughters in the bathroom.

The man in his 40s – who was given permanent name suppression to protect the victims – was today sentenced to six months' home detention and 250 hours' community work.

He had previously pleaded guilty in the Waitakere District Court to three charges of making an intimate visual recording and one of attempting to do so.

A police forensic examination of the camera he used recovered more than 200 images of his stepdaughters, most of which captured them naked in the bathroom.

The man had been a university lecturer and his lawyer, Bridie Murphy, said he had not yet told his bosses at the university about the charges.

The offender, who had been in a de facto relationship with the victims' mother for several years, was also a volunteer at an organisation where he had "contributed to saving many lives", Murphy said.

He would have to tell both about his convictions and he would be forced to stand down from both roles.

Murphy said he would also no longer be able to coach sports teams as he had in the past.

Dressed all in black in the dock, the offender heard Judge John Bergseng recount his "premeditated" actions, which were repeated throughout last year.

The former lecturer hid the digital camera inside a dressing gown hung in the bathroom where it would take photos of the girls in the shower.

He would later remove the memory card, transfer the images and replace the camera.

It was only after he moved the camera that he was caught.

To get a different view, the former lecturer repositioned the camera on a shelf, partially obscured by some toilet rolls, but one of the girls found it on December 13.

Initially he tried to convince police he was "being a bit voyeurish" trying to photograph his wife naked.

However, after police told him about the hundreds of recovered images, he admitted it had been set up solely to snap the teens.

Murphy argued the man deserved to be discharged without conviction, citing his efforts at rehabilitation since admitting the acts.

She also told the court the victims' mother had accompanied him to the counselling sessions as a support person.

But the judge said the crimes could "only be described as a gross breach of trust" and a discharge would be inappropriate.

"They never expected you to view them as anything more than a stepdaughter, certainly not in a sexual way," he said.

While on home detention, the man will not be allowed to spend time with anyone under 16 unless in the company of an approved adult.

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 02:03 PM

Why is it that Teachers, & those in the Medical Professions still have such a cloak of secrecy around there unlawful actions?

They are not anymore superior to anyone else in society & it is long overdue this secrecy was removed for once & for all.

Teacher charged with committing indecent act

By Jimmy Ellingham
6:09 PM Wednesday Apr 23, 2014


A former teacher at one of the country's top secondary schools has appeared in court charged with committing an indecent act at the school.

The man was granted interim name suppression when he appeared in the Auckland District Court today. He entered no plea to a charge of committing an indecent act in June last year.

The alleged act happened in a classroom the secondary school, where the man worked for more than a decade.

A NZ Teachers Council spokesman confirmed the man was now under investigation by the education body.

"He was suspended by the employer in June last year and he resigned the following month," the spokesman said.

"Our understanding is that he hasn't taught since then. He also has signed a voluntary undertaking not to teach."

The council had suspended the man on an interim basis anyway, meaning he cannot lawfully work as a teacher.

"We know about the charges and our disciplinary investigation will be completed, a tribunal hearing conducted and a decision handed down after the criminal processes are completed," the spokesman said.

"In criminal charges of this kind we wait for the criminal process to run its course."

Today, the current principal of the school where the alleged act occurred referred APNZ to the board of trustees chairman for comment, but the chairman could not be contacted.

The accused declined to comment when approached.

His case has surfaced as proposed legislation beefing up teacher regulation and removing secrecy around disciplinary proceedings is before parliament.

Among the proposed changes is the establishment of the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand as an independent statutory body, in place of the NZ Teachers Council.

Other proposed changes include making disciplinary proceedings against misbehaving teachers open unless there is good cause for name suppression and automatic referral of teachers to a disciplinary tribunal for cases of serious misconduct.

A spokesman from Hekia Parata's office said it would be inappropriate for the education minister to comment on a matter before the courts.

Auckland District Court held two charge sheets for the teacher, however his lawyer, Richard Earwaker, said his client faced just one charge relating to an incident in the classroom. He suspected the duplication was an error.

This could not be confirmed with the court tonight.


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 02:54 PM

Northland man on trial for child sex charges
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A 57 year-old is standing trial High Court at Whangarei this morning on charges including rape, assault and sexual violation.

Taite Hemi Kupa is standing trial on five counts of assault on a child under 16, one charge of assault on a female and four charges of sexual violation by rape on girls under 16.

He is also facing seven charges of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection and one attempted sexual violation by rape.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in Northland.

The trial started this morning before Justice Reynor Asher and a jury of seven women and four men.

Kelly Ellis is defending Kupa while Nicole Dore is Crown prosecutor.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 09:10 AM

ACC is establishing a Sexual Abuse Educational Program for Secondary Schools, the above OIA request from FYI provides some information.

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 03:35 PM

Sexual predator jailed
Last updated 14:07 06/05/2014

A sexual predator who groomed and sexually assaulted teenage girls has been jailed for four years.

Garry Austin, in his 60s, was found guilty at trial in the New Plymouth District Court earlier this year of four counts of grooming and three of sexual conduct with a young person between February 2011 and July 2012.

Austin, a former traffic officer, lied to his three victims' parents telling them he was a police officer.

He told the girls, aged 13 and 14 years old, that he had killed people when he was in the army, the court heard during sentencing today.

All three girls suffered extensive effects from the offending and were bullied by other girls, the court heard.

One of the girls began cutting herself.

All their parents had suffered guilt because they trusted Austin and had not realised what was going on.

Crown solicitor Cherie Clarke called for a sentence between 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 years because of the extent of the aggravating factors which included the extent of harm caused to the girls and the affect on their families.

Clarke called for a minimum non-parole period to protect the community.

Defence counsel Barry Henderson
agreed there were no mitigating factors for his client.

Austin had a sorrowful past, Henderson said.

Judge Allan Roberts
said Austin had set himself up for a minimum non-parole period by telling his probation officer the verdicts were perverse and he was not a threat to anyone and did not harm anyone.

''He needs to know there is a bite in the sentence.''

Austin had claimed he was an ex police officer who had worked in the field of sexual abuse and had affiliations with local police identities.

''Like so many sex offenders you continue to protest your innocence.''

He cultivated the girls with gifts and untruths and took in their unsuspecting parents.

There were real issues with his continued protestation of innocence, the judge said.

Austin received a four year jail sentence and must serve at least half the term before applying for parole.

The maximum sentence is seven years.

Austin was also given his first strike warning under the three strikes law.

- Taranaki Daily News

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 04:48 PM

Elderly man sentenced over child abuse
3:52 PM Monday Feb 3, 2014

Child abuse
Parole Board
Wellington Region


An elderly man has been sentenced to home detention on more than 40 counts of historical child sex abuse.

Geoffrey, or Geoff, Trethewey, 89, a retired podiatrist from Wellington and Wairarapa, appeared in Wellington District Court today on 42 counts of indecent assault and sexual violation against children under 12-years-old.

Name suppression granted to Trethewey expired today, and he can now be named.

He was sentenced to 12 months home detention, as many of the charges were representative over a period of time, police said.

"Wellington police laid charges after receiving a complaint from a female in 2011. An investigation located a further nine women and one man who also made complaints," said Detective Dave Bealing.

"The charges related to ongoing abuse of the victims when they were aged from about seven through to their early teens, during the period from the mid-'70s through to the early '90s."

During this time Trethewey was known in the Newtown and Mt Cook areas.

However, Mr Bealing said he believed there may be more victims that have yet to come forward, and urged them to contact him.


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Posted 27 May 2014 - 05:05 PM

Man guilty of abusing three under- aged girls

By Imran Ali
6:22 PM Monday May 26, 2014


A man has been found guilty of sexually and physically abusing three girls, including his partner's two grandchildren, at various places in Northland and elsewhere.

The 48-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, elected to defend 11 charges laid against him by the Crown, but he lost a jury trial in the Whangarei District Court last week.

The jury retired to consider their verdicts before midday on Friday and returned with their decision at 2pm.

He was found guilty on five charges of indecency with a girl under the age of 12, two of rape, two of assaulting a child under the age of 14 and single charges of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 16 and indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 12.

The alleged incidents started in 2001 and took place at seven addresses in Northland, North Shore and Takanini when the complainants were pre-teens.

In her closing address to the jury, Crown prosecutor Anna Patterson said evidence tendered in court throughout the trial proved the man had a tendency or inclination to perform sexual acts on the three pre-pubescent girls.

The jury, she said, were the only people that decided what evidence to accept or reject while deliberating on the facts of the case.

If evidence from the Crown witnesses was confusing, she said the jury should assess whether to regard it as deceitful or a hallmark of human memory that faded with time.

Ms Patterson
said the law required the Crown to prove that incidents of sexual and physical abuse, as alleged by the girls, happened as opposed to proving minor details such as the date and time they took place.

She said if the complainants' evidence supported that of other witnesses, then the man was guilty and if they didn't corroborate, the defendant was then a victim of an implausible coincidence.

Defence lawyer Chris Muston
said child sexual abuse cases were often fraught with sympathy and prejudice which the jury should put to one side.

It was a matter for the jury, he said, to determine issues such as how one of the complainants could be raped as alleged without the defendant touching or grooming her. Such a cold, brutal and unbelievable allegation should be properly analysed by the jury before coming to their verdicts, he said.

The man has been remanded in custody for sentencing next month.


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Posted 27 May 2014 - 05:54 PM

It's a relief to see action & some form of closure for some that were so terribly treated.

May more have the courage to come forth & report these offences.

Special operation targets child abuse allegations


Wednesday, 12 August 2009 - 4:09pm
National News

Wellington Police District has since December 2008 investigated more than 100 files resulting in 30 arrests during a special operation targeting a backlog of historic child physical and sexual abuse files in the district, primarily in Wairarapa Area.

Superintendent Gail Gibson, acting Wellington District Commander, said police would cooperate fully with the Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry which was announced this afternoon.

"Investigations involving vulnerable child assault victims are complex, difficult and at times protracted," she said. "These and other factors including our file handling practices, high workloads and resource allocations have contributed to an unacceptable time delay dating back in some cases of several years."

Superintendent Gibson said police have moved swiftly to implement robust new systems and work practices to deal with child abuse investigations.

"We do prioritise investigations but the backlog we have experienced was unacceptable. We have taken steps to ensure the situation won't happen again.

"Timely investigations involving child abuse are a top priority for us.

"There has been a shortfall in the way some cases have been handled and for that we apologise. We have failed some child abuse victims, their families and the community. We've also let ourselves down in not providing the level of service we would have liked to meet our own and public expectations."

Superintendent Gibson said the backlog of 108 files in the Wairarapa was identified by police last year as part of planning for the new Wellington District Child Protection Team. This team is in the process of being established and will provide a specialist and coordinated approach to child abuse investigations throughout the Wellington Police District.

"It became clear to us in scoping file loadings and resources for the team that a backlog of files existed in parts of our district," she said. "The backlog was compounded by investigators being drawn off their day to day work to support other serious crime investigations, some of which included serious crimes including the deaths of children.

"The Wairarapa CIB has been no different to many others in that respect. These complaints, often involving distressing evidence and multiple instances of abuse, were not as thoroughly investigated as we would have liked.

"This is not an excuse, it has been the reality. We have moved quickly to implement changes in the way in which we allocate files; have undertaken an independent review; improved our processes and file supervision and also created the new Child Protection Team."

Employment investigations are also under way.

Superintendent Gibson said the Child Protection Team is headed by an experienced Detective Senior Sergeant and includes two Detective Sergeants and a file manager. It is planned that the team when fully operational later this year will have 10 specialist investigators/interviewers and be supported by an administration assistant.

The team, which will report to the Detective Inspector: Crime Services Manager at Wellington Police District HQ, will work alongside CYFS and health professionals.

Superintendent Gibson said there was no suggestion that Wairarapa police officers have not had the interests of their community at heart.

"We have talented, capable and dedicated police officers throughout the Wellington district, including Wairarapa. These people are totally committed to investigating complaints and providing a service to the public.

"We can't change what happened in the past but we can and have changed the way in which we investigate child abuse files in the future," she said.

Child abuse files will be regularly audited to ensure complaints are investigated, managed and resolved in a timely way.

"Child safety and wellbeing is important to us. The new team is going to help us provide a consistently high quality of service and investigation to child abuse complaints. We are determined to provide the best service possible for child abuse victims throughout the Wellington Police District."


Media contact:

Constable Elizabeth Young
Acting Wellington District Communications Manager
Tel: 04 496 3464 or 0274 373 020

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