Sex case teacher guilty
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.