A Palmerston North man who admitted some sexual offences against a young girl has been found guilty of more.
And it can now be revealed that the man, Harold William Haley, 58, was named as a "confessed paedophile" in pamphlets distributed to Kelvin Grove residents earlier this year.
After a four-day trial in the Palmerston North District Court, it took a jury two hours yesterday to find Haley guilty of three counts of indecent assault on a girl aged under 12 and one of sexual violation.
The offending happened in 2006 and 2007.
Last October, Haley admitted two charges of indecent assault and one of sexual violation on the girl when she was very young.
Haley admitted this offending when he was first interviewed by police, before even they knew of the 2006/7 allegations.
Earlier this year he was named in fliers, which described him as a "confessed paedophile" and revealed which street he was living on.
"He should not be allowed to be free among our community and especially our young children," the flier said.
Haley told the Manawatu Standard at the time he denied the charges that were brought to trial this week, but did not mention those he had already pleaded guilty to.
Those admissions formed the basis of his defence - that he had confessed to all his crimes.
"He told the police things in that [first] interview that they did not know," defence lawyer Phil Mitchell said in his closing address.
He did not attack the girl's credibility but noted that she was unclear about what happened when and, when she spoke to police, did not know about Haley's admissions.
"That's the reason she made these [allegations] up. She wanted justice. She wasn't aware that it was in train with these other charges and she wanted to do the right thing."
Mr Mitchell said it would make no sense for Haley to plead not guilty to some charges, yet admit others just as serious.
Crown prosecutor Andrea Read said Haley's sexual offending became a habit. Miss Read said his behaviour in his police interview was self-serving - "full of self regret and self pity".
After the verdicts were delivered, one family member told the Standard: "He got what he deserved".
Haley was remanded in custody until his sentencing in October.
* An earlier version of this story had Haley's named spelled incorrectly.
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