Peter Robert Jordan
Sentenced to just 12 months in October 2005
Sentenced to preventive detention with a 12 year minimum non-parole period in April 2009
Unsuccessfully appealed conviction and minimum non-parole period in June 2014
Eligible for possible release April 2021
NZ Herald story here
TV 3 News story here
From Taranaki Daily News story Feb 18th 2009
One of New Zealand 's worst sexual predators is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars. For more than 30 years, Peter Robert Jordan, 64, habitually abused troubled and vulnerable young males, many of the assaults at his halfway house in Waitara.
Yesterday, after 8 and a half hours of deliberation over two days, the jury in the High Court in New Plymouth found Jordan had perpetrated 26 rapes and sexual assaults on three youths in his care from 1986. The jury found him not guilty on seven similar charges. Many of the charges represent a series of similar offences.
Jordan stood impassively in the dock, his hands clasped in front of him, as the long list of charges and jury's decisions were read out to the court. When Jordan is sentenced on April 8, he will be facing preventive detention. During sentencing for similar sex offences in 1992, the judge warned Jordan that should he re-offend he could face preventive detention, New Zealand's most severe prison term reserved for the most serious and repeat offenders.
Yesterday, Justice Geoffrey Venning called for pre-sentence and victim impact reports and a health assessment under section 88 of the Sentencing Act, "because preventive detention is a matter the court will have to consider, Mr Jordan ."
Earlier in the trial, five charges, three of sexual violation and two of indecent assault, were withdrawn after a fifth complainant suffered epileptic seizures - one in the witness stand - which police say were caused by the stress of giving evidence.
In summing up on Monday, Crown prosecutor Justin Marinovich said Jordan had given his victims nothing but abuse at a time they needed his protection and help. He had plied them with alcohol and drugs. Outside court, officer in charge, Detective Carole Tipler, said Jordan had scarred his victims for life with his predatory, devious offending. The victims, who all feared for their safety, had been in hiding before the trial, she said.
He was plausible and articulate and used heavies to beat up those who crossed the line, Ms Tipler said. "He picks on the vulnerable, befriending the fatherless and making friends with their mothers." The complainant unable to give evidence because of suffering a seizure was gutted he wasn't able to tell his story, she said. "He's had an emotionally charged life. He was introduced to drugs by this man," she said.
Some of his victims had turned to drugs and other offending. "They are all very fragile people but some have managed to move on." But police believe Jordan irreparably destroyed the lives of many more young people after a lifetime of forcing sex acts on his victims. During the CIB team investigation, police officers talked to many other victims, "but they didn't want to go to court".
If Jordan hadn't been found guilty there was no doubt he would re-offend, Ms Tipler said. "Then, in five or six years, we will be here (in court) again. He just can't help himself." There are suspicions that Jordan began his deviant Behaviour when he was just a teenager, abusing much younger children than himself. Jordan is listed on the Sensible Sentencing Trust offenders website for the indecent assault of a Waitara girl from when she was six and similar offending in 1985 and 1992.
The trust is disgusted that in October 2005, Jordan was sentenced to just one year in jail and given leave to apply for home detention. Jordan ran a halfway house at Seymour St in Waitara and had an 0800 number so that any young charges could ring him at any time.
Jordan, who had been married and fathered children, was not without funds. It is believed his father died leaving him two farms. He has been in custody since he was charged with the latest offences in April last year.
Jordan 's offending;
1979: 18 months' probation for the indecent assault of an under 16-year-old male.
1984: Nine months' PD for indecent assault of an under 16-year-old boy.
1985: Three years' jail for two charges of attempted sodomy and indecencies on an under 16-year-old youth.
1992: One year's jail for two indecent assaults on a boy aged between 12 and 16.
1992: Seven years' jail for sexual violation and indecent assault of a male.
2005: One year's jail and given leave for home detention after sexual abuse of a girl aged between 12-16 in the 1980s.
From Taranaki Daily News story October 12th 2005
A WAITARA man with a "horrendous" list of sex offending against young people also took needy youth into his home, the New Plymouth District Court heard yesterday.
Unemployed Waitara man, Peter Robert Jordan (60), who the Crown described as having a horrendous list of previous sex convictions, yesterday admitted four historical counts of indecent assault dating back to the 1970s and 1980s. At the time, the girl was aged between six and 13 years old. Three charges were representative of prolonged and ongoing abuse, Crown prosecutor Justin Marinovich said.
He called for Jordan not to be allowed home detention in order to protect the community. Yesterday, Jordan kept his eyes averted as his victim stood in court to tell him how he had robbed her of her childhood. Her husband, supported by two police officers in court, wept as he listened to her description of how she spent years living in fear.
The woman's identity, as a victim of sexual abuse, is protected by law. She described how she had been terrified to go to bed because she knew he would come into her room and carry out "sick acts" on her. "He took away my dignity, respect and my inner confidence. I used to wonder what I did that was so wrong to deserve this.
"I was powerless to do anything. I was a scared child with nowhere to hide." She became an angry, uncontrollable teenager until the birth of her first child, when she was 17, gave her strength. "For years, I have lived with my guilt knowing I should have done this years ago. I could have prevented this from happening to somebody else." The sentencing marked a celebration from which she could now move on.
"In some ways my life starts now." She warned that the offender would never stop abusing people. "He will do this over and over again." Jordan's counsel, Andrew Laurenson, said mitigating factors were Jordan's guilty plea and his remorse which he expressed to both his current and previous victims. He had undertaken rehabilitation treatment on his own account. "What sets Mr Jordan apart is that he has done the hard yards, accepted responsibility and done something about it. He is not all bad."
Supportive letters before the court showed he was doing good in the community. "He has put his offending behind him," Mr Laurenson said. Judge Louis Bidois said Jordan had saved the victim the trauma of giving evidence by pleading guilty.
Jordan's CV showed he ran a halfway house in Waitara for young people having difficulties. While this had caused some concern last year, when Jordan had been charged with sexual offending, these charges had since been withdrawn, the judge said.
That Jordan's probation report rated him a low-risk of reoffending might surprise many, Judge Bidois said. His victim in part blamed herself. "She is not to be blamed in any way." Jordan had been jailed for three years in 1985 and for seven years in 1992 for sex offences. In all, Jordan had spent 14 years in jail for previous sexual offending. In sentencing Jordan to a year in jail, Judge Bidois gave him leave to apply for home detention and added no special conditions.
Date of Birth
1945 (D.O.B. is approximate)
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