Nicholas Raymond Baldwin
From NZ Herald story 20th April 2010
An Auckland teacher was today jailed for eight years and nine months for committing indecent acts on a primary school student. Nicholas Raymond Baldwin, 62, was sentenced by Justice Geoffrey Venning in the High Court at Auckland. The trial was abandoned last month after Baldwin changed his pleas to guilty. He admitted six charges of doing indecent acts with a person under the age of 16 and two counts of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. The offences were committed between January 1, 2007, and September 4, 2008.
The names of the boy, and the school he attended and at which Baldwin taught, are suppressed. Crown prosecutor Josh Shaw said at Baldwin's trial that colleagues at the school noticed Baldwin was getting very close to the boy, often meeting outside the classroom. But they perhaps brushed aside its significance as Baldwin was experienced and well-regarded, though one told him he should not be alone with students. But two women Mr Shaw described as "netball mums" became concerned in August 2008. They followed Baldwin and the boy to an Auckland rugby clubrooms, where they took photographs of the pair in close contact.
They took videos of the pair at a reserve the next day, after which police were contacted. Police then took over surveillance and one officer noticed "three periods of prolonged kissing", after which they intervened. The student was interviewed by police and described how the relationship began as non-sexual in 2006 before it graduated to cuddling, light kissing and then heavier kissing and sexual touching. He said they often went to hiding places, like behind rugby clubrooms, "because we didn't want anyone else to think we were gay, because we weren't". Mr Shaw said the interview showed "how much of a hold the accused had over the complainant, how well coaxed and groomed and manipulated he was. He didn't regard it as particularly wrong."
From Dominion Post story 19th October 2010
A teacher who acted out his sexual dream involving a boy wearing a Liverpool football shirt has had his jail sentence reduced. Nicholas Raymond Baldwin said the original sentence of eight years and nine months' jail was too harsh and in a judgment issued today the Court of Appeal has agreed, and reduced the term to six years three months. Baldwin, of Auckland, was 59 when the relationship developed with the 11-year-old boy who had been a pupil at the school where Baldwin taught.
Baldwin had told the boy he had a wet dream of him wearing a Liverpool football shirt and nothing else. He bought the boy a Liverpool shirt and took him to a toilet where sexual contact took place. The relationship had begun when Baldwin singled the boy out for special treatment, and developed at clandestine meetings where the boy also talked about abuse he had suffered. Although it had been a non-sexual relationship for months, the boy became infatuated with Baldwin and did not object when Baldwin would hug him, which progressed to embraces and kissing.
The contact progressed to mutual genital touching and kissing. The boy's concerned parents noticed some inappropriate contact, police were told and Baldwin was arrested. Baldwin eventually pleaded guilty to two charges of unlawful sexual connection, and six charges of committing indecent acts upon a boy. In reducing the sentence, the Court of Appeal said the sentencing judge had in effect "double-counted" some factors that led to a too-long prison term being imposed.
Date of Birth
1948 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to 8 years 9 months in April 2010
Reduced to 6 years 3 months on appeal
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Nicholas Raymond Baldwin Sentencing Notes
OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|19-10-2010||Appeal hearing Date is approx||Court of Appeal Auckland||Sexual conduct with young person under 16||6 Years, 3 Months, Imprisonment||▼|