Terence Vernon Annas
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A Taupiri man convicted of sexually abusing two young girls groomed his victims by having them pose for increasingly graphic nude photographs, a court has been told. Terence Vernon Annas, 61, was sentenced yesterday in the Hamilton District Court to 12 years' jail for historical sex offences. A minimum non-parole period of five years was imposed by Judge Philip Connell.
Annas was earlier found guilty at trial of six counts of indecent assault, one of rape, sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, doing an indecent act, and attempting to induce an indecent act. Annas' offending occurred on a regular basis during the 1990s against two girls. Judge Connell yesterday said Annas groomed his victims by having them pose for a series of photographs which progressed from clothed portrait-type photos to explicit nudes.
Annas convinced the girls his sexual offending was "a normal activity" and took advantage of their young age and trust, Judge Connell said. The judge said jurors clearly rejected Annas' explanation that his "disturbing" photographs were for the purpose of "body mapping". At trial, Annas argued that the graphic photos were for one of the victim's mothers so she could watch her daughter's body develop.
Judge Connell said Annas took advantage of his victims' powerlessness as young children for his own sexual gratification. Victim impact statements revealed the two victims had, since the offending, suffered low self-esteem, depression and family turmoil. The judge said Annas continued to deny the majority of his offending, displayed limited remorse, and was at medium-to-high risk of reoffending.
Crown prosecutor Louella Dunn submitted that Annas' offending was aggravated by the complainants' young age, his gross breach of trust and the element of grooming. Defence counsel Philip Morgan, QC, said Annas had a wide circle of friends and was well regarded by family members. But Annas did have "a hidden side" and was now prepared to undergo treatment for sex offenders. Judge Connell said Annas' sentence sent the message that such offending would attract a "heavy sentence".
Date of Birth
1949 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to 12 years with a 5 year minimum non-parole period in May 2010
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