Former top bodybuilder facing 49 historic child sex charges
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A former top bodybuilder is on trial in the High Court in Hamilton on a swathe of historical child sexual abuse charges.
Garry John Jones, 64, is facing 49 charges of offending against nine complainants. The offending is alleged to have happened in the 1970s and 80s in Whakatane, Kawerau and Taupo and the charges include rape, indecent assault, abduction for sex, and assault with intent to commit sexual violation.
Some of the charges are representative, meaning they cover a range of dates and alleged incidents. His alleged victims were between five and 16 years old at the time, while Jones himself was aged 20 to 37.
Jones was the owner of the Whakatane Health and Fitness Centre between 1984 and 1990, and he was also a holder of the Mr New Zealand bodybuilding title during that time. He later moved to Auckland.