Former principal gets prison
A victim of convicted paedophile and former Putaruru school principal Bruce Darroch erupted in anger on Friday as the former school principal was sentenced to two-and-a-half-years in prison.
Darroch was earlier found guilty of four charges relating to the sexual exploitation of children including making an objectionable publication and two charges each of supplying objectionable material and failing to assist a police search.
After Darroch’s lawyer Russell Fairbrother, QC, spoke in Rotorua District court of the ‘‘torment’’ his client ‘‘lives with every day’’, one of his victims – who cannot be named – became furious.
‘‘He lives with it! He lives with it! Look me in the eyes, Bruce, you know what you’ve done.’’
Before his outburst and removal from court, the victim and his mother delivered victim impact statements outlining the ongoing trauma they and the wider community suffered.
‘‘You preyed on my son, you exploited my son, you have and continue to have caused huge trauma for my family. You have shared rape fantasies about my son. You are the New Zealand link to an international paedophile ring,’’ she said.
‘‘You groomed not only the children but us as parents...as a mother, one of my jobs is to keep my child safe. I have failed.’’
In his victim impact statement, her son revealed he is undergoing counselling and suffers from anxiety and depression.
‘‘I don’t want another child to go through what I went through. ’’
Read more from the sentencing on page 4.