A police officer who shelved dozens of child abuse files in Wairarapa will keep his job and rank after undergoing an internal employment investigation.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark McHattie was investigated by police along with 17 other staff after the 2006 wrongful resolution of more than 100 child abuse files in Wairarapa.
Then a detective sergeant, he was the head of the Masterton CIB but has since been promoted to head the serious crime squad at Auckland Central CIB.
An investigation by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) found that in September 2006 Mr McHattie sent an email to two of his superiors, including the Wairarapa area commander, saying "hand on heart" that a backlog of child abuse cases had been dealt with.
That claim, that a collection of 142 files had been reduced to just 29 in three months, was believed by Mr McHattie's superiors.
The claim was subsequently proved false, with 33 files found to be "filed incorrectly" or "inappropriately resolved", the IPCA report found.
Police investigating the incident have since concluded 18 employment investigations, with 17 police staff cleared of misconduct, information released under the Official Information Act shows.
A police statement said a disciplinary ''outcome'' has been imposed on Mr McHattie, although information relating to that outcome was withheld.
However, he will keep his job and rank.
A police spokeswoman said no further information would be supplied as it was an employment matter.
Wairarapa CIB now has a dedicated Child Protection Team.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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