Wife admits helping husband flee

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 14:36 27/11/2012
Brigitte Crause
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Brigitte Crause admitted helping obtain a false passport for her husband to flee the country.

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A Hamilton woman has admitted helping her husband who was convicted of child sex offences flee the country before he was to be sentenced.

In the Hamilton District Court today, Brigitte Daniele Crause admitted charges of creating a false passport and perverting the course of justice.She was remanded on bail for sentencing in February.

Crause's husband, Christopher, 47, was found guilty at trial of four counts of sexual connection with an underage girl, four of doing indecent acts with an underage girl and two of supplying cannabis to a person under 18, in Hamilton District Court in March.

He was released on bail to be sentenced on June 15 but did not turn up.Crause admitted successfully getting a new fake passport for her husband under the name of Daniel Finnerty.  

Crause, her husband, and their two children flew to Australia on May 23. On June 3 Brigitte Crause and her children returned, but her husband stayed and has not been seen since.

The 51-year-old  came to New Zealand with her husband in 1997.

When spoken to by the Waikato Times earlier this year, Crause said they had ''a bit of an argument'' and he disappeared.She had not heard from him since.''I don't know where he is,'' Mrs Crause said.

Christopher Crause's original offending came in January 2009 when Crause and his wife trawled the NZ Dating website, looking for swingers who wanted to meet up for sex and, after meeting one couple, Crause was introduced to their 15-year-old daughter. He then met her 14-year-old school friend.

The court heard from the victims how he lavished them with gifts, including cannabis, and engaged in sexual conduct with the girls.

Some of the offending occurred after one of the teens fell out with her parents and moved in with Crause and his family.

The Waikato Times understands he could face a sentence of about five years imprisonment when he is finally brought before a judge.

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