Charged St John officer named

Last updated 08:53 13/12/2013

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Name suppression for an ambulance officer accused of sexually offending against four women has been lifted.

Christopher Roger King, 47, a St John Ambulance officer of Waipukurau, faces seven charges.

These include allegedly stupefying, indecently assaulting, sexually violating and making an intimate visual recording of one of his victims in Waipawa on July 24.

One of the complainants was aged under 16 at the time of the alleged offending.

King had name suppression since first appearing in the Hastings District Court on four charges in late August. Since then he has been charged with sexually violating two other women and indecently assaulting another.

The alleged offending occurred in January, 2010, March 2012 and June 2013. Name suppression was lifted at 5pm yesterday.

King denied the charges and they would be defended, lawyer Bill Calver said.

St John Hawke's Bay district operations manager Stephen Smith said King had been isolated from patient contact as soon as the organisation became aware police were investigating. King had subsequently resigned, he said.

"We are appalled and deeply concerned about these serious allegations," Mr Smith said. "We do not tolerate behaviour of the type alleged.

"Ambulance officers are committed to caring for others and value the trust of the communities they support. St John is saddened that the alleged actions of an individual have cast a shadow on the integrity of these dedicated, trusted professionals," he said.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Greig said there could be more alleged victims - and he asked them to contact police. Fairfax NZ

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