Home D for sex offender

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 13:57 06/03/2014

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A first time offender convicted of multiple sex charges could serve his sentence on home detention.

Calan Fred Edwin Taylor, 27, of Patea, appeared in the Hawera District Court yesterday for sentencing.

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier appearance to three charges related to offending which took place between September and November last year.

The charges included two counts of sexual connection with a young person aged 12-16 years and one charge of performing an indecent act.

Lawyer Rajan Rai said his client's plea, lack of previous offending and the limited time-span of the offending should be taken into account.

Judge Allan Roberts said the offending had been aggravated by the age and vulnerability of the victim.

He said the victim has suffered depression as a result of the abuse and was in counselling.

Judge Roberts said after taking into account Taylor's lack of previous offending and early guilty plea he arrived at an end sentence of 21 months imprisonment.

Crown prosecutor Bridie Sweetman, who had sought two years and six months imprisonment for the offending, did not oppose enquiries being made to see if an Auckland address was suitable for Taylor to serve his sentence on home detention.

As the proposed sentence was less than two years, home detention can be used as an alternative to imprisonment.

Taylor will re-appear in the Hawera District Court on April 16 for a final decision to be made about whether home detention is an option or not.

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