Investigate releases new DBP allegations

Former students have emailed in new allegations to Investigate magazine, some of which are a mere two years before he first came to parliament.

The new allegations are that;

  • Benson-Pope physically assaulted a teenage schoolgirl by slapping her on the thigh, leaving a red mark. This incident happened in 1997 just two years before Benson Pope entered parliament, making it a very recent assault allegation
  • That Benson-Pope watched naked schoolgirls while they showered, after bursting in on them in the shower block at a school camp in 1997
  • That later the same day Benson-Pope again burst in unannounced on girls showering and getting changed after a “mud run”
  • That Benson-Pope burst in on schoolgirls as they were getting changed ready for a tramp at a school camp in 1998
  • That a formal complaint by a girl and her parents to the then Bayfield principal Bruce Leadbetter about the indecent behaviour went ‘unanswered’, despite a promise from the principal that he would forward it to the Board of Trustees for investigation.
  • That Benson-Pope socialized with students, including taking them on high-speed drives through the country side fast enough that the car appeared to become “air borne” as it jumped a rail crossing
  • That Bayfield High School has a bigger problem with teacher violence and sexual behaviour than earlier publicized – that one teacher there was sleeping with a sixth form student in the late 1990s, and that another teacher assaulted students even worse than the Benson-Pope incidents

The problems for DBP appear to be getting worse. Surely he must have used up his get out of jail free cards by now with the Prime Minister.


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