Convict sex offender dies before sentencing
A man convicted of sex offences spanning back 35 years has died just days before he was due to be sentenced for his crimes.
Douglas Peters, 68, pleaded guilty in June to 10 charges of sexual offending against boys aged 5 to 15, between 1978 and 1987.
Most of the incidents happened at his Owairaka house and at places connected to sports he participated in around Mt Albert, Western Springs, Pt Chevalier and Avondale.
His victims are now all aged in their 30s and 40s.
Peters was due to be sentenced yesterday but died on Tuesday night at Waikato Hospital.
He had been suffering from an illness.
Police are still urging other victims of Peters to speak out.
‘‘The men who came forward to police to report this offending by Douglas Peters have shown incredible strength and courage,’’ Detec- tive Grainne Scott of the Henderson police adult sexual assault team says.
Some of Peters’ victims came forward after they had undergone counselling.
‘‘It may be that there are more victims out there and by coming forward to police, while we won’t be able to prosecute, we can offer access to services that may help them.’’