Robert William Revill
From the Dominion Post 15th February 2012
A former professional boxer with serious criminal convictions - including sex with a 15-year-old stripper - has been cleared to work as a real estate agent. Robert William Revill, 59, was initially denied a real estate licence by the Real Estate Agents Authority because the registrar was not satisfied he was a "fit and proper" person to hold a licence. But in December he won a review before the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal and is now working at Professionals Hutt City. The former prison guard and father of five boys has 25 convictions spanning from 1969 to 2002, including an indecent assault in 2002 and sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old stripper in 1985.
The tribunal found his criminal record "not particularly concerning" and "somewhat historic". The tribunal's decision said the indecent assault conviction arose because Mr Revill had mistaken a woman in a bar for a similar-looking friend and had patted her on the bottom. The tribunal found the conviction for sex with the 15-year-old had happened because the girl had used her sister's driver's licence to convince her employer she was 19. He has also been convicted of cannabis possession and cultivation, violence and firearms offences and driving offences including careless driving, excess blood alcohol and driving while disqualified.
Mr Revill told The Dominion Post yesterday that he considered himself reformed. His clearance by the tribunal had been "humbling" and a "spiritual journey". His conviction for sex with the underage stripper was "one of those rare and random things that happened .... it was seemingly innocuous and blown out of all proportion". "There had always been the two me's from the bad boy days. I've crossed the thin blue line a few times but I've never considered myself bad." Mr Revill said his behaviour had calmed since he cut down his drinking and started avoiding pubs and bars 20 years ago. "Being an ex pro-fighter, there was always someone out there who wanted to have a go at you."
The decision found that Mr Revill had been closely involved in community work and had coached and motivated troubled youth into sport. The former cancer sufferer was supported in his bid to the authority by Professionals Hutt City co-worker and mentor Tim Belcher - a former police officer of 27 years and current director of Lower Hutt's Rotary Club. His partner of 24 years, Prue Levy, also works at the firm and provided positive testimony. Professionals Hutt City owner John Ross confirmed Mr Revill was employed at the agency but said it would be unfair to comment on the decision. "The public should have faith that the [tribunal]- who are an independent body - have made this decision. They've done their investigations," Mr Ross said.
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25 convictions from 1969 until 2002 including sexual intercourse with a 15 year old girl in 1985, indecent assault in 2002, various assaults, firearms offences, drink driving, careless driving, driving while disqualified, theft as well as possessing and cultivation cannabis
At large in Lower Hutt
Sentence to be updated
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