January 17, 2013
Help needed for sex arrest aftermath
The head of a far north social services trust says the government needs to provide help closer to home to deal with the after-effects of child sex abuse cases.
Ricky Houghton from He Korowai Atawhai says the prosecution of former Pamapuria School Deputy Principal James Parker has led to further arrests as other children reveal alleged abuse.
This week in the Kaitaia Court name suppression was lifted on 27-year-old Kaingaroa man George Hayward Murray Cherrington, who faces multiple charges of rape, grooming and sexual connection with girls ages 12 to 16, as well as cannabis charges.
A 41-year-old Kaitaia man was granted renewed name suppression when he appeared on numerous charges of sex offences against a girl aged under 12 a decade ago.
Mr Houghton says the charges have got the attention of a lot of families who otherwise might have ignored the signs.
Many children have been revictimised two or three times before they came to police attention.
He says families are bearing the cost of going to Auckland to see specialist therapists, and that help needs to be closer to home.
Copyright © 2013, Uma Broadcasting Ltd