26 Oct 2012

AIDS Foundation apologises in indecent assault case

7:45 pm on 26 October 2012

The AIDS Foundation has apologised for not supporting the clients of a former counsellor who has been charged with indecently assaulting a client.

The head of the foundation admits they failed to inform police at the time and could have done more to support the client.

The counsellor appeared in the Wellington District Court on Friday charged with two counts of indecent assault in 2009.

The foundation's executive director, Shaun Robinson, says police and the counsellors' association weren't informed about the alleged abuse because the client didn't want to take the matter further.

Mr Robinson has apologised, saying stronger action should have been taken and more done to investigate.

The foundation is now offering support to former clients who may have been affected and says it is fully cooperating with police inquiries.