Taranaki Sexual Offender Charged

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Taranaki man Nigel Allan Hauauru Nelson has been charged with 33 counts of sexual offences over a twenty year period.

According to a report from Radio New Zealand, Nelson was on trail for charges of unlawful sexual connection, sexual exploitation of people under the age of eighteen, indecent assault, and rape.

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Overseen by Justice Edwin Wylie, the three week trial ended on Wednesday 14 September with a conviction in 33 of the 40 charges faced by the 36 year old offender.

Seven counts of sexual offences were thrown out due to a lack of sufficient evidence.

Evidence submitted suggests that Nelson’s offences have spanned a total of twenty years, beginning when he was sixteen years old, and often targeted young boys whom he befriended or offered to help.

The Crown are asking for a sentence of preventative detention in punishment for Nelson’s crimes, a penalty which is reserved for New Zealand’s most serious offenders.

Nelson will be sentenced on 2 November.

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