Dean Andrew Davidson
From the Waikato Times June 27th 2009
A convicted Hamilton sex offender who befriended vulnerable families to gain access to their children was yesterday sentenced to preventive detention. Dean Davidson, 42, stared blank-faced in the High Court at Hamilton as Justice Young detailed Davidson's extensive history of sex offending dating back to 1982. Davidson was earlier found guilty of six counts of unlawful sexual connection, two of doing an indecent act and two of indecent assault.
The charges related to two young victims. In both cases, Davidson befriended families with young children and gained unsupervised access to the children. In submissions, defence counsel Michael Robb said Davidson denied the offending but was willing to receive help. Justice Young said Davidson had used his role as a trusted family friend to offend against children. His behaviour had been persistent and serious, and was part of a history of offending against children. In 2003, Davidson was convicted for possessing objectionable material.
The judge said Davidson had received rehabilitative treatment in the past, but without success. Davidson had been assessed by two psychologists as being at high risk of reoffending. Justice Young said it was disturbing that Davidson continued to deny his current offending. "You are in my view of serious risk of reoffending," he said. Preventive detention was required for the protection of the public, the judge said, and imposed a five-year non-parole period. Davidson's prison release would require him to convince a parole board he was no longer a threat to children.
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Sentenced to preventive detention in June 2009
Unfortunately only a 5 year minimum was imposed
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