Alleged 'groper' charged

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 12:14 29/01/2013

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Police have charged the alleged Port Hills "groper" with 10 counts of indecent assault.

The man had allegedly targeted women exercising alone on the Port Hills.

The Press spoke to several women who said they had been grabbed, groped and licked by a man.

Detective Constable Fiona Croft said police had laid 10 charges of indecent assault against a 63-year old Christchurch man at a first court appearance.

The man was remanded on bail and will reappear in the Christchurch District Court on February 11.

His name is suppressed.

Most of the alleged offences took place between last August and this month, but one complaint was from 2010.

They mostly occurred near the Rapaki and Mt Vernon tracks, as well as in St Martins.  

One woman who had allegedly been "grabbed" by the man told The Press she was glad that charges had been laid.

She said she felt she could go running in the hills again "without fear".

Croft said police were continuing to talk to complainants, and further charges were possible.

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