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.
Urgent changes to the law on the register of child abusers ensure that hundreds of convicted offenders are back on the list. But one advocate for justice says that doesn’t mean kids are safer.
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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