Child-sex offender sent back to prison

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 12:52 26/06/2012

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A man who was jailed for sexually offending against his daughters has been sent back to prison for indecently touching a girl who was effectively his stepdaughter.

The 63-year-old man will do the Kia Marama sex offenders' programme for a second time.

"Until you complete another programme, your risk of offending, particularly in relation to young people in a living environment, is moderate to high," Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish told him.

She added extra time to his sentence because of his previous offending but reduced it for his poor health and his guilty pleas on the four indecent-assault charges.

She also granted final name suppression to protect the victim because even if the relationship was not reported, she might still be identified.

The girl is now living with her aunt, who was the man's partner, but she does not want to see the man again.

"I don't want to do anything that will lead to her identification," the judge said.

"It's in her best interests that she is able to move on with her life and not be blighted by your offending any more."

Defence counsel Shannon-Leigh Litt had pressed for the final suppression order.

She said the man had accepted that the sentence would have to be increased because of the "historic and more serious" convictions.

She said the man was ashamed and sorry for what he had done and was concerned that he had not kept to the safety plan developed the first time he went through the Kia Marama course.

He would have been willing to make an emotional-harm payment to the child if he were able.

Judge Farish said he had first met the child, through his partner, when she was aged 6 or 7.

The girl moved away but returned when she was 10 and the touching continued.

She eventually disclosed the offending to someone at school.

The judge noted the man had already served a lengthy term of imprisonment for serious offending against his daughters over a period of seven or eight years.

Reports indicated that the man did not see the touching as "sexualised" but believed it was a display of affection.

"That indicates to me that there is still a large degree of denial going on in your mind in relation to this offending."

She jailed him for two years and four months, and told him it would be necessary for him to do another treatment programme for sex offenders.

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