Brethren sex of­fender granted pa­role

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while babysit­ting in the 1960s.

His nephew, now in his 50s, said he was ‘‘very stressed out’’ when he heard about the de­ci­sion last week.

‘‘I wasn’t im­pressed. I get a life sen­tence be­cause of what he did, and he only gets a short sen­tence. It still af­fects me ev­ery day, it comes back and haunts me,’’ the nephew said.

A jury found the man guilty on all charges at the Blen­heim District Court last June. The man, now in his 80s, was sen­tenced to two years and four months in prison.

The Pa­role Board de­ci­sion said the man would be re­leased in May.

‘‘In light of the his­toric na­ture of the of­fend­ing, the ab­sence of fur­ther of­fend­ing since then, [his age] and ill health, the board is sat­is­fied he would not pose an un­due risk to the safety of the com­mu­nity were he to be re­leased on pa­role.’’

The man would be sub­ject to con­di­tions while on pa­role, in­clud­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal as­sess­ment.

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