A 21-year-old Invercargill man in prison for 21 sex-related charges involving several young girls has been denied parole.
Adrian Joshua Coulter was found guilty on four charges and pleaded guilty to 17 during his jury trial in July last year.
The charges included 17 of sexual connection with girls aged between 14 and 15, two charges of sexual violation and two of doing an indecent act on a young person.
He was sentenced to six years and seven months in jail.
The parole board decision says Coulter was 17 or 18 at the time of offending. The offending had continued for about 14 months.
In prison Coulter had a low security rating, was on voluntary segregation and was described as a co-operative and polite prisoner, it says.
The board decided until Coulter completed a programme such as Kia Marama or the short intervention programme he was "not able to demonstrate a sufficient reduction in his risk to warrant a release on parole. In these circumstances parole today is declined".
Coulter will appear again in about a year.
- The Southland Times