An ambulance officer accused of sexually offending against four women while on the job can now be named.
Christopher Roger King, 47, a St John Ambulance officer from Waipukurau, faces seven charges, including stupefying, indecent assault, sexual violation, and making an intimate visual recording of a woman in Waipawa on July 24.
One of the complainants was aged under 16 at the time of the alleged offending.
King has had name suppression since first appearing in Hastings District Court on four charges in late August. Since then, he has been charged with sexually violating two other women, and indecently assaulting another.
The alleged offending occurred in January 2010, March 2012 and June this year.
Name suppression was lifted by Napier District Court at 5pm yesterday, after his lawyer, Bill Calver, earlier sought to extend it.
King denied the charges and would be defending them, Mr Calver said.
St John Hawke's Bay district operations manager Stephen Smith said King was isolated from patient contact as soon as the organisation became aware police were investigating him. King had subsequently resigned, he said.
"We are appalled and deeply concerned about these serious allegations.
"We do not tolerate behaviour of the type alleged.
"Ambulance officers are committed to caring for others and value the trust of the communities they support. St John is saddened that the alleged actions of an individual have cast a shadow on the integrity of these dedicated, trusted professionals," Mr Smith said.
He urged anyone concerned about their previous dealings with King to contact Detective Grant Jarvis of Hawke's Bay.
King was remanded on bail and is due to appear again in February for a case review hearing.
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