Assistant principal admits sex assaults

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 13:14 03/12/2013
Rueben James Parinui Tapara
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THE ACCUSED: Rueben James Parinui Tapara.

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A former assistant principal at a South Waikato immersion school has pleaded guilty to 11 charges of sexually assaulting young boys.

Rueben James Parinui Tapara, 33, is the former assistant principal at Te Wharekura o te Kaokaoroa o Patetere, a South Waikato Maori immersion school.

He appeared via audio visual link in the Hamilton District Court today charged with three counts of sexual connection with a boy aged 12 to 16, three counts of doing an indecent act on a boy aged 12 to 16, one count of selling or supplying cannabis and four counts of indecent assault.

The offences occurred between February 2010 and August this year.

Tapara, who had previously taught in Te Kuiti before coming to Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere in 2010, had since been fired.

School staff and the school community were told of the charges within two days of them being laid on October 11.

Tapara was remanded in custody for sentencing on February 14.

Judge Christopher Harding also issued Tapara a three strikes warning.

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