Ex-scout master charged with historic sex offences

Last updated 17:30 18/06/2014

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A 78-year-old former scout master has been charged with alleged historic sexual offences against boys in Wellington over a period spanning two decades.

Former bus driver and scout master Godfrey Ball - also known as Geoffrey Ball - has been arrested by Masterton Police for offences against three boys alleged to have been carried out between 1964 and 1985 while he was living in Wellington.

Police are now appealing for more victims to come forward.

He appeared in the Masterton District Court yesterday to face 12 representative charges including indecent assault and doing an indecent act. Ball was remanded in custody and was not granted name suppression.

His alleged victims were aged between seven and 16 during the offending period.

Detective Damian Doocey of the Masterton Child Protection Team said the investigation continued and police had carried out search warrants today. Doocey said police were concerned that there may be more victims who are yet to come forward.

"Our inquiries have established that he has used his position... both as school bus driver and local scout master to be in contact with his victims and there may well be people who remember important information which could assist police," Doocey said.

Ball is due to reappear in court for a bail application hearing in Masterton on 23 June.

Anyone with information or concerns was urged to contact the Masterton Police Child Protection Team on 06 370 0309 or visit their local police station.

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- The Dominion Post

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