Rex Leslie Turpin
From Timaru Herald story 9th December 1999
A former Waimate school groundsman was yesterday sentenced to two-and-a-half years'imprisonment when he appeared in the Timaru District Court on indecency charges. Rex Leslie Turpin, 57, formerly of Glenavy, pleaded guilty in October to eight charges involving male complainants between 1978 and 1987.
The charges included indecently assaulting a boy aged 10-12, indecently assaulting a boy under-12 (three), indecent assault (three), and inducing a boy to do an indecentact upon him. The summary of facts told of the indecencies occurring mostly at the accused's property. One victim alleged the offences had occurred at least 20 times in two years.
Judge Edward Ryan said the charges represented a pattern of offending over a numbe of years. It was clear that when youngsters had legitimate interests in Turpin'sactivities he abused their trust. For some years Turpin had been employed at a school where he apparently resisted allowing any predatory instincts to develop, the judge said. But after so many years such behaviour should still be renounced and condemned, he said.
References were balanced by sad victim impact statements which made the point that intrusive sexual offending could manifest ill effects years after the incidents. Counsel Mike Radford said Turpin always acknowledged his guilt, but disputed some details of the allegations. He accepted imprisonment was inevitable He took issue with the suggestion offending continued after 1983. The offending stopped not because of any investigation, it simply stopped, Mr Radford said.
In 1993 Turpin undertook the Stop programme in Christchurch, though had not offended for a significant length of time before that. He had worked as a school caretaker since 1983 and been exposed to significant contact with young people. There would have been plenty of opportunity, but Turpin had been careful not to get himself into a situation where he offended again. Crown prosecutor Tim Jackson said Turpin had a profound and devastating effect on his victims, and the nature of the offending was almost as important as the act.
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Indecent assault (x8) on a number of boys aged 10-12 in the Timaru region from 1978 to 1987
It appears some of these were representional of larger scale offending
At large in Glenavy, Canterbury
Sentenced to 2 years 6 months in December 1999
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