A second Kaitaia man who worked with children has been charged with sexual offences against boys.
Daniel Taylor, appeared in the Kaitaia District Court today facing 17 charges, including 15 charges of indecent assault, and two of attempted unlawful sexual connection involving four boys. Police said the offending happened between 2007 and early 2011.
Taylor was an approved caregiver with Child Youth and Family (CYF). However, Radio New Zealand reported the charges against him do not involve children it placed in his care.
A prominent figure in the town, Taylor was a former leader of the Kaitaia Business Association was also a prominent elder and youth leader in the Church of the Latter Day Saints.
CYF Tai Tokerau director Marion Heeney told Radio New Zealand she was shocked at the allegations. Taylor became a caregiver in April 2011 after passing all the required checks, but this was revoked as soon as CYF became aware of the police investigation, she said.
Taylor is the second public figure from the small town to be accused of sex crimes against children in the past few months.
Earlier this year James Parker, 37, pleaded guilty and was convicted on 49 charges involving indecent assault and sexual connection with children aged 12 - 16, and committing indecent acts and sexual assault on boys under 12.
Parker was deputy principal at Pamapuria School in Kaitaia when the assaults took place.
He will be sentenced on November 15, the same date Taylor is due to reappear.
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