Alleged paedophile to face court

AMY MAAS
Last updated 16:01 27/05/2013

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An Auckland man has appeared in court charged with sexually assaulting boys in the early 1980s.

Douglas Richard Peters, 68, was charged with 10 sex charges against boys from 1978 to 1985.

He appeared in the Waitakere DIstrict Court this afternoon where he was remanded in custody without plea.

A duty lawyer said he had cancer.

Peters was charged with indecently assaulting five boys and inducing them to do an indecent act.

Police said although the children were aged between five and 13 when the alleged offending occured, most were about 10-years-old when they first encountered the accused.

All the men are now in their late 30s and early 40s.

Most of the alleged offending happened at the man’s Owairaka home, in his car or at several Auckland sporting venues in Mt Albert, Western Springs, Avondale and Pt Chevalier.

“These men have shown a lot of courage by coming to police with their complaints,” said Detective Grainne Scott, of the Henderson Adult Sexual Assault Team.

Police said other people may have come into contact with the man over the years and have urged nayone with information or concerns to contact police.

Peters was remanded in custody to a plea inquiry hearing on June 17.

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