Rape Culture NZ: Sexual Predator Cop Gets 9 Months Home Detention, Worked at ‘Unhealthy Station’

Corrupt ex-NZ police officer Gordon Stanley Meyer has received a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket. After plea bargaining he admitted his guilt of corruption and  sex offences against women.

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Plea bargain for ‘sleazy cop’

The true extent of Meyer’s predatory behaviour in Christchurch will never be known.

Because of plea bargaining only 2 out of the 18 original charges against him were proceeded with. This no doubt saved NZ police a great deal of embarrassment: botched complaints about the acting sergeant and further revelations about offending that may have spanned most of his 19 years in the force.

It raises the question whether this type of offending is common practice within the Christchurch constabulary. Read corrupt cop worked at ‘unhealthy station’ (19/11/2013):

“Police are already responding to calls to a special 0800 number set up by police for other potential victims of corrupt policeman Gordon Stanley Meyer to come forward.

Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald said there had been a response to the police appeal, but refused to say how many calls had been received while the inquiry was ongoing.

He also refused to say the nature of the information given…

Meyer carried out his sexual exploits while working at a station with leadership and operational problems, an inquiry found.

An investigator who reviewed the culture at the Christchurch South police station where Senior Constable Meyer worked was critical of the station.

The Press learnt of the senior out-of-town investigator’s report after Meyer admitted in court to accepting an offer of a sexual act in exchange for letting a woman off a drink- driving charge in September 2011.

Police confirmed the review “highlighted some issues” and said remedial actions had been taken.

A pre-trial ruling by Justice Chisholm detailed several other incidents involving Meyer, who has resigned from the police, inappropriately approaching women.”

At the sentencing hearing Stuff.co.nz wrote

“Police originally brought 18 charges against Meyer. Nine of those were dropped during pre-trial argument and a further seven were withdrawn before he pleaded guilty.

He entered the pleas on what was to be day one of his trial on offending against five women.

Sentencing Meyer, Justice Graham Panckhurst said the media had adopted the word “sleazy” in describing Meyer’s offending.

“That about sums it up . . . Sleazy, if not rather pathetic.”

…There was an abuse of trust, a high level of corruption and a sexual element to his offending.” source

During the trial

“…police revealed Meyer was investigated for alleged indecent behaviour in 2007 after a woman made a formal complaint but there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.

A police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity called the earlier investigation a “cock-up”. That was the opportunity to get rid of Meyer, the officer said.”source

You can read about the charges here Corrupt cop avoids jail.

Rather than put him in segregation in prison the judge confined him to 9  months home detention for the two offences, both of which carry a maximum sentence of 7 years imprisonment.

Roast Busters and ‘cock-ups’

Police are still no further forward in the roast busters investigation.

The roast busters are a group of privileged young men in West Auckland who coerced young women (some of them under the age of consent) into performing group sex. One of the men was the son of a local police officer, another the son of a Hollywood actor.

The men bragged about their conquests and shamed the women they abused by posting details on their Facebook site “Roast busters”. When some of the young women complained to police they were treated as if they were somehow responsible for their rapes, their complaints were dropped.

When news about the roast busters activities reached the media police said that they’d taken no action against the men because no-one had made a formal complaint. That story changed when young women contacted journalists to tell them they’d made complaints to the police years ago and their cases had never been proceeded with. The police apologised and launched an inquiry.

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3 thoughts on “Rape Culture NZ: Sexual Predator Cop Gets 9 Months Home Detention, Worked at ‘Unhealthy Station’

  1. This is classic New Zealand. Our world has little accountability for crimes, but this problem is exponentially worse in New Zealand. The rights of the criminal are sacrosanct and the prevailing culture attacks the victims for daring to speak out. The anti-victim vermin will usually say that the victim should not be so negative or personal by speaking out.

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