Former North Shore board chairman charged with sexual exploitation
A former chairman of an Auckland community board has been charged with sexually exploiting a young person.
Martin Henry Lawes, a former chairman of the Takapuna Community Board, appeared at the North Shore District Court on Wednesday morning. He has yet to enter a plea
Court documents alleged the offending involved him entering "into a dealing involving a person under 18 for the purpose of the sexual exploitation of that person".
The alleged offending took place between January 1, 2015 and January 31, 2015, an on "multiple occasions" according to the court documents.
Lawes' lawyer applied for name suppression, citing the effect it would have on the accused's wife, but Judge Claire Ryan declined interim name suppression.
Under bail conditions Lawes must surrender his passport to police, have no access to a computer device or the internet and no direct or indirect contact with a person under 18 years.
He will reappear in court later this month, when he is expected to enter a plea.
Lawes left court on his own and covered his face from the media. He would not answer questions about the charge.
Lawes was the Northcote town centre chairman and was on the Takapuna Community Board until he left the role in 2010.