A probation officer who was recorded talking about providing a paedophile with a prostitute dressed as a child has been fired for serious misconduct.
Earlier this month a West Auckland man being managed by the officer recorded a meeting with him where the officer talked about his plan to help a child sex offender integrate into the community.
''We'll go out to get a prostitute who comes to the house and she dresses up as a child,'' he says on the recording.
The Corrections Department suspended the officer pending an inquiry. Last week a preliminary investigation found the officer made up the comments and had not managed child sex offenders or received training to do so.
Corrections community probation manager Alastair Riach said the investigation was now complete and the officer was fired on August 30 for serious misconduct relating to the comments he made.
''We are satisfied that this is an isolated incident where a staff member made ill-judged comments which were not in line with any probation training or procedures.''
The officer had worked for Corrections for two years managing offenders needing supervision and intensive supervision.
Riach said the investigation involved discussions with other probation officers, service managers and practice leaders. They said there was no culture of using prostitutes to treat child sex offenders.
''Corrections does not provide or pay for the provision of prostitutes to any offenders.''
The resident who made the recording is happy the officer has been fired.
''I'm pleased he won't be contaminating anyone else with his ideas.''
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