Sex case teacher guilty

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By BELINDA FEEK

A for­mer as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at a South Waikato Maori im­mer­sion school has pleaded guilty to 11 charges of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing young boys and one charge of sell­ing or sup­ply­ing cannabis.

Rueben James Par­inui Ta­para, 33, is the for­mer as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Te Wharekura o te Kaokaoroa o Patetere, a South Waikato Maori im­mer­sion school. He ap­peared via au­dio vis­ual link in the Hamil­ton Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day. All pleas were en­tered through his lawyer Kerry Bur­roughs.

There are three charges of sex­ual con­nec­tion with a boy aged 12 to 16, three charges of do­ing an in­de­cent act on a boy 12 to 16, one charge of sell­ing or sup­ply­ing cannabis and four charges of in­de­cent as­sault. Ta­para also pleaded guilty to four new charges of in­de­cent as­sault against a boy aged 12 to 16 and one fur­ther charge of do­ing an in­de­cent act on a boy aged 12-16.

The al­leged of­fend­ing oc­curred be­tween Fe­bru­ary 2010 and Au­gust this year.

Ta­para, who had pre­vi­ously taught in Te Kuiti be­fore com­ing to Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere in 2010, has since been fired.

He was re­manded in fur­ther cus­tody for sen­tenc­ing on Fe­bru­ary 14. Judge Christo­pher Hard­ing also is­sued Ta­para a three strikes warn­ing.

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