William Richard Cash was sentenced for sexually abusing children.
A 77-year-old man has been sentenced to eight and a half years’ imprisonment for a “raft” of “abhorrent” historical child sex offences.
William Richard Cash was sentenced on Thursday morning in the Kaikohe District Court.
Detective senior sergeant Geoff McCarthy said he wanted to acknowledge Cash’s victims and “the ordeal they have been through”.
“This was abhorrent offending inflicted on children, who should have been safe with their caregivers and free to enjoy their youth,” McCarthy said.
Urgent changes to the law on the child sex offender register mean that hundreds of convicted offenders are back on the list. But one justice rights advocate says it doesn’t mean that children are safer.
McCarthy said“no sentence can ever take back what has happened to the victims in this case”.
“We will continue to ensure the victims have access to any support they need as they try to move on with their lives,” he said.
McCarthy encouraged anyone who may have been a victim of sexual assault to come forward.
“Police take these matters seriously and we will work with them to ensure they can report these matters in confidence.”
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