5 Nov 2013

Police won't comment on superintendent's work status

7:41 pm on 5 November 2013

Police will not say if a district commander who said a girl was a "willing victim" of sex abuse in a letter to the rapist's wife is still working or on leave.

An employment investigation was launched after the Central District police commander, Superintendent Russell Gibson, made the comment.

Radio New Zealand News has asked for information about Mr Gibson's job status and an outline of what stage the investigation has reached, but police are refusing to provide any details.

Police Minister Anne Tolley has described Mr Gibson's comment as appalling, while advocates for sexual abuse victims have also expressed alarm at what they say is an absolute lack of understanding by the officer.

Police say the superintendent's comment is in no way reflective of their views and they are committed to supporting the victims of sexual offending and holding those responsible for such crimes to account.