Sex offender on child photo charge

KIRSTY JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 15/11/2012

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An unrepentant sex offender who kept his daughter as a sex slave has been charged with taking intimate photos of a four-year-old girl while on parole.

Dutch-born Ronald Van Der Plaat, 78, was recalled to prison in September after a neighbour spotted him in Auckland with the child, who he'd been taking on trips and to motels.

It was unknown until today whether he had offended against the child while she was in his care.

Van Der Plaat was released from jail in 2010 after serving 10 years of a 14-year sentence.

He had been jailed originally for "bizarre and depraved" acts of "indescribable cruelty" perpetrated against his daughter over a 23-year incarceration in the Pacific Islands and at their Te Atatu, West Auckland home.

His offending included hanging her from the ceiling by her ankles before abusing her, making her pregnant with a baby she later miscarried, and raping her after giving her overdoses of drugs and alcohol.

Van Der Plaat's parole conditions included not spending the night away from home and not having contact with anyone under the age of 16 other than with the supervision of an adult approved by a probation officer.

He breached that condition by being caught on surveillance cameras at an unnamed museum on September 2, "walking beside a girl of Asian descent holding her hand".

He was also charged with two further breaches, one for staying overnight at a motel in Orewa on three occasions, the other for having contact with a four-year-old girl with an Asian name at the motel on those three occasions.

Yesterday at the Waitakere District Court, Van Der Plaat pleaded guilty to those charges.

However, he also had a fourth charge laid against him by police, of taking intimate visual recordings of the girl. The recordings are understood to be photographs taken at the motel.

Van Der Plaat, who shuffled into the court then held on to the glass panel in the dock for support, did not enter a plea to the latest charge. He spoke to the magistrate saying he'd written her a letter, but had left it in his cell.

The magistrate remanded him until December 5 on the charge. He will be sentenced on the breach of parole charges in February.

Van Der Plaat's current release date is October 11, 2014.

Like the sex offender Stuart Murray Wilson, his release on parole was not discretionary because he was sentenced under old legislation.

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