NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 30 Apr, 2021 06:15 am

Tauranga man jailed for posing as teen to lure schoolgirls into the bush for sexual acts

Tauranga man jailed for posing as teen to lure schoolgirls into the bush for sexual acts
A Mount Maunganui man has been jailed for sexual offences against four teenage girls.

Judge Stephen Coyle said the victim impact statements clearly showed the significant traumatic impacts on the lives of the girls and their families.Judge Coyle said he hoped that Clark had listened carefully to what he had done to them.Speaking directly to the families and friends of the three victims, Judge Coyle said no blame or guilt for what happened could ever be placed on these girls." Judge Coyle said it was no credit to Clark that he was less than honest with a psychologist who provided two reports about him and to the pre-sentence report writer.

Judge Coyle sentenced Clark to four years and 11-months' prison and imposed a minimum non-parole period of two years and six months imprisonment.McWilliam argued a minimum non-parole period was needed to reflect the gravity of Clark's "predatory premeditated behaviour" and send a strong deterrent message.

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