Man admits to sex with girl

A 43-year-old Marlborough man admitted a charge of sexual connection with a young person in the Blenheim District Court on Monday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Single said the man, who has interim name suppression, formed a relationship with a 14-year-old Nelson girl in April last year.

The pair exchanged numbers after meeting at an Anzac Day celebration in Nelson and the girl began contacting the defendant after that via text message. The charges relate to the period from July 27 to October 13, 2013.

The pair formed a relationship, and the defendant would often drive from Marlborough to the girl's Nelson home. The victim would leave her house without her parents' knowledge and get into the defendant's car.

The pair had sex at least five times, and also exchanged emails and communicated via Skype, Mr Single said.

The defendant was to reappear on May 13 for sentencing.

The Marlborough Express