Anthony James Harris
From the Evening Post 4th July 2000
A sex offender who couldn't stay away from a disabled paperboy, even though he knew police were on to him, has been sentenced to preventive detention. The Court of Appeal at Auckland last week said the 12-year-old victim's mother suspected what Anthony James Harris was up to and complained to police. Despite the warning to stay away from the boy pending an investigation, Harris couldn't help himself from meeting the boy for what his lawyer called a "farewell", at which more indecencies were committed.The Court of Appeal said preventive detention for Harris was necessary to protect pre-pubescent boys, since even after his release he'd stay under supervision and could be recalled to prison if any problems arose.
Harris, 35, was originally sentenced to six years jail after he pleaded guilty to 11 charges of sexual offending against the boy. The Solicitor-General appealed the sentence, saying Harris should have got preventive detention, or at least longer than six years. Preventive detention is an indefinite jail term from which offenders are not eligible for parole for at least 10 years. Delivering the judgment of three Court of Appeal judges, Justice Anderson said the effect on the boy, whose development was significantly below average, had been "very grave". In 1993 Harris was sentenced to three years jail on charges of sexual violation and indecent assault of an 11-year-old boy. While serving the sentence he took a course aimed at preventing reoffending.
Date of Birth
Sentenced in Auckland to 3 years in December 1993
Sentenced to preventive detention in May 2000
Due to be considered for parole May 2010
Will not be released until there is no undue risk to the safety of the community
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