Sex offender admits child photos

AMY MAAS
Last updated 11:56 05/12/2012

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A sex offender who kept his daughter as a sex slave has admitted taking intimate photos of a four-year-old girl while on parole.

Dutch-born Ronald Van Der Plaat, 78, appeared at the Waitakere District Court this morning where he pleaded guilty to taking intimate visual recordings.

In September, he was recalled to prison after a neighbour spotted him in Auckland with the young girl. He had been taking the child on trips and to motels.

Van Der Plaat reappeared in court in November where he was charged with recording the child. The recordings are understood to be photographs taken at the motel.

He was released from jail in 2010 after serving 10 years of a 14-year sentence after committing "bizarre and depraved" acts of "indescribable cruelty" against his daughter.

The crimes were carried out over a 23-year incarceration in the Pacific Islands and at their Te Atatu home.

His offending included hanging her from the ceiling by her ankles before abusing her, making her pregnant with a baby she later miscarried, and raping her after giving her overdoses of drugs and alcohol.

Van Der Plaat's parole conditions included not spending the night away from home and not having contact with anyone under the age of 16 unless supervised by an adult approved by a probation officer.

He breached that condition by being caught on surveillance cameras at an unnamed museum on September 2, "walking beside a girl of Asian descent holding her hand".

He was also charged with two further breaches, one for staying overnight at a motel in Orewa on three occasions, the other for having contact with the child at the motel on those same occasions.

Van Der Plaat pleaded guilty to the charges on November 14.

Police then laid the fourth charge of taking intimate visual recordings of the girl. He will be sentenced on that charge in March, a month after he is sentenced on the breach of parole charges.

Van Der Plaat's current release date is October 11, 2014.

Like the sex offender Stuart Murray Wilson, his release on parole was not discretionary because he was sentenced under old legislation.

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