Railway man guilty of more child-sex offences

Last updated 05:00 27/02/2013

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A former railway worker and convicted child-sex offender has been found guilty of further offences against two victims nearly 50 years apart.

Crown prosecutors are now considering applying for preventive detention for Carterton man Kenneth Robert O'Reilly, 68, when he is sentenced in the High Court at Wellington in April.

Yesterday he was convicted of three counts of indecently assaulting a man aged 19-21, between 2006 and 2008.

On February 15 O'Reilly was also found guilty of a sex charge relating to a boy aged 8-12 in the 1960s.

Two of the recent offences took place in O'Reilly's home study, with the other at the Carterton Railway Station.

O'Reilly has long been associated with the Wairarapa Railway Restoration Society, which is based at Carterton, and was president up until his arrest in 2011.

Yesterday current president Don Hodge said he was shocked by the news. "I've worked with Ken over a number of years and it's always disappointing when these things crop up."

The society was trying to distance itself from O'Reilly, he said.

"When it's your former president and with charges of this nature it's very, very hard for the rest of the group."

Detective Sue Mackle said the offending occurred over a long period.

"We began investigating these matters after complainants approached police in 2010 and then in 2011. [O'Reilly] has been involved in the Wairarapa community for over 50 years and is well-known throughout the community."

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- The Dominion Post

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