Identity of child sex tour operator revealed
Mon, 07 May 2012 6:14p.m.
By Michael Morrah
3 News can now reveal the identity of the first man in New Zealand to be convicted of organising a child sex tour to South East Asia.
He is David Robin Wales, a 48-year-old hotel manager who was caught in a police sting two years ago, and has a history of offending in Australia.
Wales was a front man for the Whanganui Brass Band but privately he had other interests he did not want exposed.
“He comes across as quite an unassuming man – no one would look at him and think ‘I need to fear for my children or my young boys’,” says Denise Ritchie, founder of Stop Demand.
Wales planned to have sex with young boys and make a business out of it in Thailand.
He set up a website to attract business but his first client was an undercover police officer wearing a wire.
Wales was arrested in 2010 in an operation dubbed “Monndance” and in February this year he was jailed for three years - convicted of organising a child sex tour.
Wales was born in New Zealand but spent much of his life in Melbourne where in 1996 he was convicted on 11 charges which related to sexually assaulting boys. Police in Australia described him as an “aggressive paedophile” who actively recruited boys under the care of the state and gave them presents and trips to amusement parks in exchange for sex.
Until now, the identity of David Wales has been suppressed - because he was facing separate charges of possessing objectionable publications.
But 3 News has learned he has pleaded guilty and suppression has been lifted.
Denise Ritchie campaigned for the law change that those who travel overseas for underage sex can be prosecuted here.
She says “you can expect to be caught, convicted and named.”
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16/09/2012 3:33:34 p.m.
Put him behind bars and throw the key away.
24/06/2012 3:40:00 p.m.
Why is his 6 minutes singing with Brass Wanganui a highlight of this article? Sure he was an entertainer of sorts but to show the band is somehow part of his lifestyle is wrong. I would have thought the least you could do is pixelate the band name.
22/06/2012 7:40:09 p.m.
Thank you Paul Brooks for putting the record straight. This sub human did indeed sing with Brass Wanganui on one occasion only. Frankly the band made him look good and thankfully it was only once.
10/05/2012 3:01:51 p.m.
He should be castrated
10/05/2012 11:54:38 a.m.
8/05/2012 1:28:37 p.m.
Shirley Temple wrote:
This guy is sick and should never be released from jail. It is absolutely disgusting and just to think his next victim could be your son,brother,cousin,friend and so on. This guy should just be locked up and have the key thrown away.
8/05/2012 11:01:19 a.m.
Paul Brooks wrote:
David Wales was never "a front man for the Whanganui Brass Band". One video clip does not an occupation make. He sang once at the Wanganui Opera House as a guest of Brass Wanganui (correct name of band) but has never been associated with the band in any way, shape or form.
8/05/2012 6:45:31 a.m.
sharee Takerei wrote:
I cant believe this guy could do something like this..Utterly disgusting. And shame on all those involved. My god,lil boys?,what is this world coming to.Annnnnd a kiwi.
7/05/2012 9:58:44 p.m.
Sent away for just three years? This man should never see the light of day again in order to protect society.
7/05/2012 7:29:26 p.m.
I was a member of Wanganuii brass band, and he was not our front man, merely someone who came in when a singer was needed.
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