Prosecutor Georgia Milne sought a starting point of four years’ jail

Two men carried the torment of their childhood sexual abuse for decades, leaving them depressed, suicidal and wanting to escape.

As boys aged between 4 and 8-years-old they were the victims of Larry James Pearson, who indecently assaulted them between January 1, 1977 to December 31, 1983.

The New Plymouth District Court heard how the abuse, which involved Pearson touching the boys and getting them to touch him, had destroyed their lives.

Both had suffered depression and anxiety and had tried to commit suicide in the past. One of the men had left New Zealand to leave the memories behind, while the other escaped his reality through drug and alcohol abuse.

In May, a jury took little more than an hour to find Pearson guilty of five charges of indecent assault of a boy under the age of 12.