Elderly man admits historical sex offending

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 14:08 14/12/2012

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A 71-year-old man is in custody awaiting sentence after admitting sex charges involving a girl aged under 12.

He pleaded guilty to eight charges involving offending in the 1970s and 1980s, before Judge David Saunders in the Christchurch District Court.

Three of the charges allege indecent assaults and two describe inducing the girl aged under 12 to perform indecent acts on him. Two more charges refer to unlawful sexual intercourse, and one is an indecent assault on a girl aged over 16.

The offences are said to have occurred at various South Island locations, including Christchurch.

The man has already pleaded guilty to 34 charges involving indecent publications and they will also be dealt with at his sentencing on February 11.

Judge Saunders remanded him in custody after his pleas. He told the man he would be able to do a treatment programme for sex offenders while serving the prison term that will be imposed.

The man has interim name suppression.

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