Phillip James Cooper
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Taranaki Daily News story 5th March 2009
The man removed from Patea on Sunday in the face of a public outcry was Phillip James Cooper, 54, who is serving a prison sentence of eight years for sexually abusing young boys.He was sentenced in 2001 at the age of 46, on 18 charges including indecent assault, inducing an indecent act, sexual violation and attempted sexual violation. The offences occurred between January 1987 and February 2000 in Napier, Palmerston North and in a trampers' hut in the Kaweka Ranges. Five boys were involved, aged between eight and 12 years. Two were twins. Cooper told the court he could not have offended because he had been impotent for at least four years.
The sentencing judge Justice Heron, described Cooper's conduct as predatory and the offending made him a candidate for preventive detention, but the Crown had not sought that sentence. It was not appropriate because Cooper was a first offender, "but I gave some consideration as to whether you should serve an indefinite sentence. That is particularly so because you have shown no acknowledgement of this offending and the outlook for you is somewhat bleak".
He noted that Cooper was an alcoholic who had lived a nomadic existence for the past 20 years. Cooper began his sentence on September 19, 2001 and is due to be released on August 12 this year. On February 12, a Parole Board hearing at Hawke's Bay Prison agreed to allow Cooper to be released on February 25, into the community under home detention restrictions with electronic monitoring, until his sentence expiry date.
The board report said: "His risk of reoffending can be reduced, his reintegration facilitated and the concerns of his victims met by a release on special conditions that restrict and manage his initial return into the community." The special release conditions included counselling for substance abuse; noalcohol or drugs; no contact with any person aged 16 or under without the written consent of the probation officer; not to enter New Plymouth, Palmerston North or Napier cities except to attend probation or counselling sessions, or for legal proceedings.
As the result of an application by the Community Probation and Psychological Service, the Parole Board has made an interim recall order and Cooper is back in prison. A hearing to determine whether or not to make a final order will be held within the next month. He must be released from prison on August 12, if he has not been released already by that date.
Date of Birth
1955 (D.O.B. is approximate)
At large in Gisborne
Sentenced to eight years in August 2001
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