Former umpire gets six years for offences against boys

A former top cricket umpire who trawled the streets of South Auckland for Pacific Island boys has been jailed for six years for sexual offending.

Ian William Shine umpired national-level cricket until about 2006 and worked as a battery salesman at Mangere's HCB Technologies.

He prowled the streets in his sales van, befriending boys from low-income families and offering cash to perform indecencies on them.

Justice Helen Winkelmann called the offending "nothing short of chilling".

She said the way Shine used his initial victims to recruit others was particularly insidious.

The 58-year-old pleaded guilty last month in the High Court at Auckland to crimes against 13 boys between 2003 and 2011.

He pleaded guilty to 24 sexual charges - a dozen of which were for entering into a contract for sex with an under 18-year-old - and one charge of theft.

His victims, all Polynesian males, were aged between 11 and 18.

The court heard how Shine - a father of four and a grandfather - would take boys to abandoned houses, motels, parks and his own house to commit the sexual offending while his wife was away.

On some occasions he would take several boys to his home and put each one in a different room before going from one to the next.

He began prowling the streets of South Auckland in 2003.

He paid younger victims $2 or $3 per episode so as not to raise suspicion with their parents, while some of the older ones received hundreds of dollars.

One of the boys was flown to Wellington in 2005 and Shine had him wait in his hotel room while he attended a national cricketing awards ceremony.

Justice Winkelmann called it "systematic grooming" and also described how Shine ingratiated himself with the families of some of his victims by buying them groceries or giving them money.

Defence counsel Paul Borich said his client was a different man than the one who first appeared in Papakura District Court eight months ago and was beginning to understand the gravity of his offending.

The judge discounted his sentence because of his early guilty pleas and the high likelihood of rehabilitation.

But she emphasised the "ripple effect" of the offending, which not only impacted the young men but their extended families and potentially their future relationships.

Rob Kidd, Fairfax NZ

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