More charges possible for Parker
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 6:10a.m.
A Far North teacher who has this week admitted charges of sexual offending against boys under 16 was investigated by three government agencies three years ago following a complaint.
James Parker, 37, who was the deputy principal of rural Pamapuria School, south of Kaitaia, when he was arrested last month, pleaded guilty in Kaitaia District Court on Wednesday to 49 charges, including indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection.
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The charges related to an unspecified number of adolescent boys and he will be sentenced in November.
A police investigation into his offending began in early July and Parker was arrested on July 13.
However, it's been revealed that Parker was the subject of an investigation by police, the Ministry of Education and Child Youth and Family (CYF) in 2009.
CYF spokeswoman Marama Edwards told Radio New Zealand the children involved were interviewed but the allegations could not be substantiated.
She said no further allegations were made until the most recent ones that led to Parker's arrest.
Detective Senior Sergeant Kevin Burke, who's heading the current investigation, said police wrote a letter to the school in 2009 outlining their concerns about Mr Parker.
He would not comment on the school's response to the letter.
Police didn't take any further action because they considered the matter closed, Det Snr Sgt Burke said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has confirmed that the school's board of trustees has resigned and a commissioner, Larry Forbes, has been appointed.
Fiona Knight is now the acting principal of Pamapuria School, which has a roll of about 180, while principal Stephen Hovell is on leave.
A trauma team has been brought in to support the school and wider community.
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16/09/2012 4:20:25 a.m.
helen kittlety wrote:
omg god he taught my son in 2004 at queensway junior school in norfolk england this has chiilled me 2 the core he was realy close 2 alot of boys including my son am sickened by this you bxxxxxd
26/08/2012 10:38:09 a.m.
I have known Jamie since school....I am very shocked to hear such disgusting & sickening news of somebody WHO was indeed well respected in my home community of Pamapuria. I am in utter shock to have only just learnt the tragedy that he has put on all those children.....& the UGLY reputation my home in Pamapuria now face. I am however very pleased that he has come forward & admittied his wrongs....for in the truth he shall be set free....it is much more disheartening that such a courageous man could ever have turned out the way he has today. I am no body to Judge his wrongs though am very angry that he could even do such a.....well, I cant even bring myself to mention it because I personally HATE people who touch our babies in this manner.....as for Stephen Hovell I cannot believe he did not follow protocol....he to I know well as when I attended Pamapuria School he was then the principal back in 1989....why he left is for obvious reasons as I know it!!!!....I was brought up in Pamapuria, thi is where my father is from.....& believe me you.....I say best that Stephen has left for his own safety!!!.....though he must too be held accountable for his USELESS actions.....he should face time away as well.....& as for CYFS...I agree.....they are USELESS....they do nothing but get involved just to make themselves look good for I too have first hand experience with these pricks as well.
25/08/2012 9:06:38 a.m.
I would just like to swy that he is a sex offender, not a pedophile. He targeted teenagers, not prepubescents. Pedophillia is when you target prepubescents, not to say his crimes are any less
24/08/2012 10:57:38 a.m.
@tyra. i admire your corrage to give your name and support to this, if he was my son or uncle i would still support him through this to even though i would hate what he had done but.. he is guilty of what he has done and what he did is appalling so you need to understand peoples anger. well done tho for having the guts to say what you did.
23/08/2012 10:33:58 p.m.
Carole, NZ is not new to this. Just as men are tentatively finding their feet in the education system after years of avoiding it, this is the last thing we need. I teach young children and have learnt that to keep oneself safe one must be professional as well as pure. Sleepovers with children or even teenagers is unwise, whether anything is going on or not.
23/08/2012 6:14:09 p.m.
I was is his class.
He has been having 'sleepovers' for well over ten years and this thing is just going to get bigger.
I feel sorry for him, but for him to go so long hurting people and covering it is crazy and unforgiveable.
He was such a great teacher, but he was also a disturbed person as has been revealed.
And he never, ever had girls stay at his home.
23/08/2012 5:34:26 p.m.
TYRA JOBE wrote:
stupid people hes my uncle his family loves him leave him alone !!!!
23/08/2012 1:46:41 p.m.
I do not understand the delay in allowing James Parker to continue teaching after allegations were made some time back.
I come from the UK and the fact that any person whether it be a scout helper,nursery helper, cleaner handyman or anyone working with young children about without pure credentials and I mean pure they will are not allowed to proceed with these professions !
James Parker they should have immediately deferred him from teaching until cleared.
Time for the schools vetting system to be updated.
Do they think it cannot happen here.
You only have to see a couple of years ago where a care taker murdered two young children in the UK and the horrific things that occurred.
Get your act together NZ in this case before it happens again!
23/08/2012 1:46:22 p.m.
tin man wrote:
how many more time do we have to read about CYF covering up for and protecting peadophiles?? There is a pattern happening here and it needs to be stopped.
23/08/2012 12:41:01 p.m.
Charter schools would make a much better job of properly vetting these paedophiles, yeah right.
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