Convicted rapist Brad Shipton has been released on parole from prison.
The former police officer and Tauranga City Councillor has served three years of his eight-and-a-half year sentence for his part in the 1989 pack rape of a woman at Mount Maunganui.
Brad Shipton was released from prison quietly on Tuesday after the Parole Board decided that he does not pose an undue risk to the community.
The board met earlier this year but adjourned while Shipton underwent further psychological assessment.
It found that he was at low risk of re-offending and took into account that the rape took place 18 years ago, that Shipton has shown some remorse and he has strong family support.
Family based in Tauranga confirmed their support, but would not comment on Shipton's whereabouts.
Shipton has been ordered to reside at a certain address, take counselling as directed and not to communicate with his co-offenders or the victim.
He will remain on parole until his sentence ends in 2014.