The officer who led the investigation into a former Wellington publican and sportsman jailed for sexually abusing teenaged boys has praised the victims for their courage.
Trevor Snowden, 68, was sentenced in the High Court in Wellington on Friday on 17 charges, including sodomy and indecent acts with boys under the age of 16.
Most of his offending occurred in the 1970s and 1980s and related to two boys who were 13 when it began.
Detective Constable Greg Simmons says bringing the case to trial has been a long and tough process for Snowden's victims.
Justice Mallon told the court their victim impact statements made sad reading, as they spoke of the guilt, terror and shame they had carried for many years.
She said a probation officer's report described Snowden as completely lacking in empathy or remorse and noted he had not apologised for what he had done.