The Herald has today looked into the nasty and sordid background of the pedo former principal, caretaker and child rapist Robert Selwyn Burrett.
A caretaker convicted of raping children in an underground shed was a former principal forced out of two previous schools for alcohol abuse, incompetence and inappropriate behaviour with students.
Neither dismissal was ever officially recorded against his name – with one negotiated departure the result of a secret payout – and so at least three primary schools employed Robert Selwyn Burrett with no knowledge of his chequered past.
Since the early 1980s, Burrett, now 64, has bounced around New Zealand’s education system, working his way up to principal, then slipping to deputy, relief teacher, then tutor.
His 40-year career ended last May when he was arrested and charged while working as a special needs bus driver and school caretaker in Christchurch.
Burrett plead guilty to 21 child sex abuse charges last month, including the rape, forced oral sex and sodomy of 12 young girls in his underground shed, where he filmed the abuse after installing locks and curtains to hide two years of offending.
His victims were as young as five; some were intellectually disabled and one was wheelchair-bound.