Update: A man has pleaded guilty to child porn charges in Kaikoura. Read the story here
For a village of under 4,000 people Kaikoura seems to have more than its fair share of paedophiles and other sex offenders.
On the 4th of May a woman in her early 20s was subjected to a sex attack in Kaikoura just after 6pm.
A 19 year old Kaikoura man has just been granted name suppression and remanded on 62 child pornography charges, he’s due to appear in court again on 26 June.
The customs service laid 21 charges against him for importing and exporting objectionable images. In addition, 36 charges of making and disturbing objectionable publications (videos and photos) were lodged by the Department of Internal Affairs. Police laid another 5 charges for making an intimate visual recording of another person.
Meanwhile, a 59 year old Kaikoura man, is still on remand for 37 sex-related charges.
The man, who had name suppression, is charged with historic sex offences involving three different girls from 1983 – 1993. He’s charged with assault, indecent acts, sexual violation, detaining a person without consent and rape. He’s next due to appear in court on 8 June for a case review.
In December we wrote about the 66 year old Arthur Samuel Roy Senior who was found guilty on 35 charges of rape, sexual violation, sexual grooming, attempted rape, having unlawful sexual connection, indecent assault, making objectionable publications and supplying class C drugs. His prey was teenage girls from around the Blenheim and Kaikoura area. They were aged 15-18 at the time of the attacks. source
No Sex Offenders Register in NZ
If you have children and are emigrating to Kaikoura or elsewhere in New Zealand, you should know that there is no sex offenders register in the country, neither is there record of offenders who’ve moved to New Zealand after being convicted overseas.
However, there are hopes that a sex offenders register may be established eventually if the enabling legislation ever gets passed and if can changes made to the Corrections Act. Presently there is no sharing of information between police, corrections staff and government agencies involved with families and young children. Little wonder that New Zealand has a reputation as a haven for sex offenders.
If the register existed at present a conservative estimate is that there would be 472 offenders registered in the first year, 1541 in year four and 2746 after ten years. source
Meanwhile, concerned parents can access the Sensible Sentencing Trust’s searchable Paedolphiles Sex Offenders Database, it’s not comprehensive, nor is it official. But it’s a darned sight more informative than anything else that exists, given that many convicted offenders in New Zealand have permanent name suppression so they can carry on working (read Name Suppression of Manawatu man condemned by child advocacy group) It’s likely to stay that way for some years yet.
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