Man jailed for luring teen prostitutes

AMY MAAS
Last updated 12:20 12/12/2012

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A 66-year-old man who lured homeless girls to his house to feed his "obsession with sex with young teenagers" has been jailed for seven years.

The man, who has name suppression, was sentenced at the High Court in Auckland this morning after a jury earlier found him guilty of 16 charges relating to using underage prostitutes and supplying cannabis.

After his trial in August, the man also pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent assault on a teenager in 1985.

In sentencing, Justice Kit Toogood said he accepted no violence was used during the offending but bribing young women to sexually exploit them was a "serious matter".

Some of the man's victims had attempted suicide, battled depression and suffered panic attacks.

"The effect on your victims is ongoing and you take no real responsibility for your offending," Justice Toogood said.

He said a psychologist's report showed the man had hypochondriac tendencies, was narcissistic, displayed an obsessive compulsive disorder and he regarded himself as "specially gifted".

The man bribed "vulnerable" young girls living on the street to his home in a secluded enclave in central Auckland where he exchanged alcohol, cash and drugs for sex. 

The man, who dressed mostly in a bathrobe while at home, would give young girls a bed, feed them and even pay their bus fares.

He also kept a collection of women's clothing and cosmetics for them to use in an effort to make his home "a place where they could feel at home".

Once the girls were living with him, he would ask them to bring other "young, skinny girls" to his home.

The offending started in the late 1990s and continued until last year, despite the man being banned from associating with teenage girls under a bail condition.

He has spent time in prison for previous sex convictions with girls as young as 12, but returned to the same patterns of offending when he was released in 2009.

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