Roast Buster accused bragged about group sex

DEREK ROSE
Last updated 16:02 05/11/2013
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Beraiah Hales is at the centre of the Roast Busters scandal.
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A photo Beraiah Hales posted of himself shirtless.

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A portrait emerging of the teenager at the centre of Roast Busters scandal shows a young man obsessed with group sex with his childhood friend - and who had little regard for issues of consent and respect towards women.

Police are investigating the group of Auckland men, understood to be aged 17 and 18, who allegedly had group sex with drunk teenage girls and bragged about it online. The allegations were first brought to their attention two years ago, and there has been criticism about the delay.

Police today said they said they had brought in a senior detective from outside the Waitemata district to help and that the inquiry was not affected by the involvement of an officer's son.

One of the alleged Roast Busters, Beraiah Hales, 17, is in hiding and has ignored requests for comment.

But he left an enormous social media footprint, including a profile on one website in which he answered thousands of anonymous questions, many of a sexual nature.

''how would u get a girl? into bed [sic]'' asked one person four months ago.

''Chloroform'' Hales responded.

''What is a saying you say a lot?'' he was asked seven months ago.

''Go ahead, Call the cops, [sic]'' Hales replied. ''They can't un-rape you.''

Nineteen of his friends ''liked'' that chilling statement - girls as well as boys.

In response to a question about whether he was committing statutory rape, Hales wrote, ''It's not rape,. I had sex with one girl who is 13 when i was 16.. She wanted it and thats all that matters [sic].''

In fact, under New Zealand law, anyone who has sex with a person under the age 16 is guilty of illegal sexual contact.

While Hales bragged about his sexual escapades online, the posts show little effort to ''shame'' girls.

A number of the young women were open in the discussion, answering questions about their breast size and favourite sexual positions.

One girl, who identifies herself as Hales' ex-girlfriend, defended him online.

''Of course it wasn't okay! I know that! But the girls that did it gave them consent and even went back for more!'' she wrote. ''The girls always agreed to it.''

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The social media profiles of the young women appear to indicate that at least some were willing participants.

However, there is nothing on the sites to suggest whether they were 16 or older.

''What's one thing everyone should do in their lifetime?'' one young woman was asked. She replied with a picture of a roast pig, and the words ''enough said...''

Hales' main partner in the ''Roast Busters'' sex gang appeared to be his mate Joseph Levall Parker, 18, but Hales denied there was anything ''gay'' about having group sex with his friend.

''We have all been very good mates for years so we are comfortable around each other, we even walk around naked? [sic]''

In another video posted on Instagram, Hales stares blankly at the camera while lying in bed or on the floor. ''Roast Busters,'' he whispers.

He seemed obsessed with the group. Hales wanted a Roast Busters T-shirt, posted photos of himself, Joseph and another friend emblazoned with ''Roast Busters'' underneath and tagged posts with ''#RoastBustersTakeOver''.

As many as six other young men engaged in one of the group sex sessions, Hales' postings indicate.

''how come you never say what you guys did to'' that girl, he was asked four months ago. ''I will go to jail hahahahahah,'' Hales responded. He claimed that the girl had come back for more.

Another of the girls has told 3 News that she only had sex with the Roast Busters because she was drunk.

''I just kept blacking out 'cause I had drunken too much,'' she says. ''You could say I got raped. I had sex with three guys at one time.''

Under the law, someone does not consent to sexual activity ''if the activity occurs while he or she is so affected by alcohol or some other drug that he or she cannot consent or refuse to consent to the activity''.

Police Minister Anne Tolley said she had been assured by Police Commissioner Peter Marshall that police had been "actively working" to build a case.

"My understanding is the Facebook page wasn't up for two years. It was down for a considerable period of time and has only just recently come back up again.

"I've been assured by the Commissioner that they have been very active for the last couple of years, trying to investigate and gather enough evidence to bring charges against these young people."

Tolley said she understood it had been "frustrating" for police.

"The systems are very much changed from the early days. There is an enormous amount of support I know the police will be making sure is available to these young girls.

"But it's a very difficult thing for young women to come forward and talk about what's happened to them. It's embarrassing, it's frightening, the legal system itself can be overwhelming so I think we just have to continue to urge them and their families to get the courage to come forward and enable the police to take a case against these young men."

- Stuff

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