Since the naming of the Kaitaia school deputy prinicipal more children have come forward detailing abuse at his hands:
More children have come forward with complaints against a teacher who this week admitted 49 charges of sexually abusing pupils – and police say they are stretching back their investigation to the mid-1990s.
Commissioner Larry Forbes, who was appointed this month to Pamapuria School near Kaitaia, said that since James Parker’s identity was revealed on Wednesday more children had contacted authorities.
“I’m not aware of how many or where they’ve come from, but I understand there have been more and I understand there’s a strong possibility that there are more to come. But numbers I don’t know.”
Parker, 37, was a teacher and deputy principal when he committed the offences against boys in his care.
Most of the 49 charges related to offences since 2009, but police yesterday told the Weekend Herald their investigation would stretch back to the mid-1990s.
That comes after a former principal revealed she had complained about Parker to police when he was a first-year teacher. She was concerned that he was sharing his own bed with pupils during “sleepovers” at his house, among other things.
Her claim was backed by an ex-pupil of Parker’s who said he had children over for sleepovers and shared tents with them on school camps.
She said it was well known in the community that the principal had approached police to make a complaint about Parker.
Had his name suppression continued it is likely that many of these crimes against children would have remained undetected by police. Now that he is named and the extent of his crimes known people feel free to come forward.
Those who favour name suppression always claim it is to protect victims…yet in this case, only the perpetrator has been named and not a single victim has had details published. The fact that since he has been named has highlighted even more abuse at his hands proves the point that naming them works.