7 Dec 2016

Sexual predator jailed after decades of offending

12:44 pm on 7 December 2016

A sexual predator convicted of 35 sex offences, committed over more than 20 years, has been sentenced to preventive detention.

Nigel Nelson

Nigel Nelson was jailed for dozens of sexual crimes. Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Hawera man Nigel Allan Hauauru Nelson, 37, appeared in the High Court at New Plymouth today for sentencing.

Nelson was convicted of rape, unlawful sexual connection, indecent assault, and sexual exploitation of a person under 18, following a four-week trial in September.

The offences occurred between 1994 and 2015 across Waikato, King Country and Taranaki, and involved a girl aged 10 along with 15 vulnerable males.

Many of the young men had been lured into sex acts with promises of money from a non-existent prostitution and pornography business.

In sentencing, Justice Wylie said Nelson was a sexual deviant .

He said Nelson denied his offending and posed a significant risk to society.

A court packed with Nelson's family members and some of his victims and their supporters remained calm throughout the three-hour sentencing.

Two of Nelson's victims read statements out to the court.

One man told the court how he had thought Nelson was "cool and had looked up to him", but never asked him to touch him the way he had.

Since the offending, he said he had suffered reoccurring nightmares in which Nelson assaulted him or others.

The man said he had become addicted to pornography and alcohol, and had struggled to form close relationships, including with his own wife and children who he feared he might offend against.

His wife also gave a victim impact statement.

She said during their five-year marriage her husband had been abusive, mentally, physically and sexually.

He was unable to recognise boundaries and "lacked the skills necessary to be an effective parent and often withdraws to block the world out".

She said since he had spoken about the offending she had struggled to support him.

Get the new RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs