Dramatic scenes in Kaitaia child sex case
Fri, 16 Nov 2012 9:28a.m.
There were dramatic scenes in the Kaitaia District Court yesterday as two men who had been pillars of the community appeared in court, accused of child abuse.
Businessman and caregiver Daniel Taylor collapsed as a judge read out 19 child sex charges against him, while teacher James Parker cried as he faced 23 new charges.
He'd been due to be sentenced on 49 earlier charges.
Police appear to have alerted the school to Parker's behaviour but he was allowed to go on offending.
They're the latest in a series of paedophile abuse cases, so what more can be done to protect our children?
Alan Bell from ECPAT Child Alert, a trust that works to stop the sexual exploitation of children, spoke to Firstline this morning.
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30/11/2012 8:44:56 a.m.
police vetting only means people who have already done the time for their crime are picked up. and then they find it near impossible to get a job. then there are snakes like these two who have evaded getting caught, so people think you're safe just because you don't have a conviction.
16/11/2012 10:22:05 a.m.
I don't quite understand care workers teachers have to be screened before they can get a job with children.
Migrating, visa we also have to be screened and any country that you have visited for a long period.
I don't understand how these persons get through, so someone isn't doing their job even scouts,guides leaders etc have to be screened if they are to work with children.
So what is going on?
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