Edward Ross Smith
Waikato Times story 13th April 2010
A Waikato sex offender jailed for child abuse spanning 15 years has been told his pleas for help have come "far too late". Judge Robert Spear's comments came yesterday in the Hamilton District Court as he sentenced 67-year-old Edward Ross Smith to 13 years' jail for the sex abuse of four young girls. Smith, of Te Aroha, had earlier pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, two counts of rape, one of performing an indecent act with a girl aged between 12 and 16, and one of an indecent act on a girl under 12. Judge Spear imposed a minimum non parole period of eight years. The charges relate to four young girls who Smith abused between 1994 to 2009. Much of it occurred on a daily basis.
The court was told Smith initially tried to conceal his offending by telling two of his victims he would harm them or "burn their house down" if they reported the abuse. Smith was eventually charged with an array of sex offences but continued offending while on bail, abusing two further victims. Judge Spear said Smith's "disgusting" and extensive offending had damaged the lives of his victims and their families. Smith's victims would have to live with the consequences for the rest of their lives. The judge endorsed Crown prosecutor Sheila Cameron's submission that Smith's behaviour was premeditated and predatory. A letter presented by Smith expressing his desire for treatment and help had come far too late, Judge Spear said.
Ross Smith is the name he is most commonly known by
Date of Birth
1945 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to 13 years with a 8 year minimum non-parole period in April 2010
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