Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lucia Truly awful - two pederasts in NZ schools - how many more?

I'm not going to condemn this man, that's not my place, as his actions have already condemned him. It will be interesting to see if anyone's head rolls over this - people who might have known, and done nothing.

Many Kaitaia parents will be hurting over the offending of a trusted teacher who sexually assaulted a dozen boys, a resident says.

James Parker, 37, appeared in Kaitaia District Court this morning where he pleaded guilty to 49 charges involving indecent assault and sexual connection with children aged 12 - 16, and committing indecent acts and sexual assault on boys under 12.

Parker was deputy principal at Pamapuria School in Kaitaia at the time of the offending, which happened from November 2005 to as recently as last month.

I wonder how many boys over the age of 16 there were, that they couldn't get him on?

And then there's another one:

People "looked the other way" and allowed a convicted paedophile to work among children at six different schools over six years, a ministerial inquiry has found.

The report into the case of Te Rito Henry Miki, led by former ombudsman Mel Smith, was released yesterday.

It found "several factors" besides Miki's "personal duplicity" had allowed his "relatively easy entry to teaching positions" despite dozens of criminal convictions, including for an indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy.

Education Minister Hekia Parata insisted "system failures rather than people failures" were to blame.

But Mr Smith last night said there were "both system failings and human failings" in the case.

"I identified the systems failings, the human failings and then provided opportunities to rectify those," he said.

"There were people who knew his background and looked the other way."

Surely those people who looked the other way should be guilty of negligence or exposed children to harm? His indecent assault on a 14 year old boy doesn't make him a paedophile, either - he's a pederast.

I also heard on National Radio this morning (Maori news or something) that the schools were so short of Maori teachers that that was the reason he was hired. Hmmm, Maori language and culture beats protecting children from pederasts??

You know what I'm thinking - if these teachers were in the Catholic Church, then the pitchforks would be out.  So, while people are upset, they're not calling for schools in NZ to be closed and those who knew about these teachers to be prosecuted.

Maybe in twenty years all these people that enabled these two to gain access to children will be called to account, but somehow, I don't think so.


Related links : Disgust over teacher's sexual offending
Paedophile easily got jobs among children

11 comment(s):

dad4justice said...

No wonder we get a gold medal for child abuse. Sad that nobody really cares about the fate for our kids. Just ask a Kahui for a hammer to fix things.

Psycho Milt said...

...if these teachers were in the Catholic Church, then the pitchforks would be out.

I should imagine that if the Min of Ed had protected these teachers from police investigation and simply moved them to new and unsuspecting communities with a stern warning not to do it again, then the pitchforks would be out for it too.

Chris Sullivan said...

And the National government wants to abolish teacher registration ? Crazy !

God Bless

Lucia Maria said...

Psycho Milt,

I know everyone thinks that it's common knowledge that Catholic priests were "protected from police investigation" by the Church - that is not the case. In previous decades, the standard procedure in many organisations across the Western world, was to give the offender counseling and move them somewhere else. Any person who was prosecuted would normally get counseling and be moved somewhere else. There are obviously exceptions for the more heinous offenders (ie Beast of Blenheim), but in general, the way your normal pederast was dealt with was to consider them a mental case and give them the cure of psychology. Why the Church actually believed this would work, I don't know, but unfortunately, the spirit of the age tends to influence even those of us who should consider this world a temporary place.

Muerk said...

PM:

Apparently the Police had warned the school about Parker in a letter after a child had complained about him. However there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute him. What's worse is that the majority of Parker's offending happened _after_ the warning letter had been sent. How many children could have been saved from sexual abuse if the Board of Trustees had been active in listening to that warning and making sure Parker wasn't left alone with kids?

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/7530342/Kaitaia-school-warned-about-sex-teacher

This is exactly the same thing as happened with our Bishops. People just turned away from the possibility that lovely Fr Soandso could possibly hurt children. They turned a blind eye because dealing with it was just too hard, or too horrible.

Muerk said...

LM:
"...in general, the way your normal pederast was dealt with was to consider them a mental case and give them the cure of psychology."

This thought process is still with us. In the link I posted above Parker was described as having "a sickness." Parker himself says he has a "terrible disorder".

I don't know if it is a sickness, or as some psychologists think, a sexual orientation. I do know that we have to be more vigilant.

Big Bruv said...
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ZenTiger said...

Big Bruv, trolling might be tolerated occasionally, but not when its you.

Big Bruv said...
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dad4justice said...

God help big bruv!

dad4justice said...

Thank you team and I most thankful you deleted the last flame war with big bruv. It will not happen again. I will pray for him - so he can seek the grace of a real God.

Keep safe in the Lord.

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