Far North man convicted of ‘abhorrent’ historic child crimes

William Richard Cash was convicted of child sexual abuse.

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William Richard Cash was convicted of child sexual abuse.

A 77-year-old man has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for a “raft” of “heavy” historical crimes involving children.

William Richard Cash was sentenced in Kaikohe court on Thursday morning.

Detective Senior Sergeant Geoff McCarthy said he wanted to acknowledge Cash’s victims and “the ordeal they went through”.

“This was an abhorrent insult to children, who should have been safe with their caregivers and free to enjoy their childhood,” McCarthy said.


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McCarthy said “no punishment can ever take back what happened to the victims in this case”.

“We will continue to ensure that victims have access to all the support they need as they try to get on with their lives,” he said.

McCarthy encouraged anyone who may have been a victim of sexual assault to come forward.

“The police take these matters seriously and we will work with them to ensure they can report these matters in confidence.”

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