For­mer prin­ci­pal gets prison

South Waikato News - - Front Page -

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.

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