Con­vict sex of­fender dies be­fore sen­tenc­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.’’

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