Was residing in Coromandel
From the Waikato Times 4th December 2004
A Coromandel Peninsula man who abused children over a period of almost 30 years was jailed this week. Lawson Richards, 50, was sentenced in the High Court at Hamilton on Thursday on 18 charges ranging from indecent assault on young girls to rape. Justice Laurenson ordered Richards serve a minimum of five and a half years' jail. Richards admitted abusing five girls between 1971 and 1997.
The judge acknowledged that Richards was remorseful and had pleaded guilty. The judge said while he was impressed by the thoughtful and perceptive references Richards provided to the court from friends and associates, he had to balance that against the anguish and resentment Richards had caused his victims. He could not ignore that Richards abused three more victims after he had acknowledged and apologised for abusing the first two.
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6 sexual violations, 7 indecent assaults, performing an indecent act x3,
and twice forced a young girl to perform an indecent act
All over a time period April 1971 to September 1998 in Otara, Mangatawhiri and Manaia near Thames
Five victims pressed charges
These charges are representative of a much larger quantity of offences
Sentenced to 11 years with a 5 year 6 month non-parole period in November 2004
Released on parole July 2011
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