A former senior member of Gloriavale Christian Community has been convicted of child sex abuse, the Herald can finally reveal following a long legal battle against court suppression orders.
The man, who has permanent name suppression, pleaded guilty earlier this year to representative charges that he indecently assaulted and had unlawful sexual connection with a young person under the age of 16.
He sobbed in the dock at Christchurch District Court on May 16 as he was sentenced to six months home detention.
His lawyer told how he was “deeply ashamed” by his actions. The defendant had himself been subjected to abuse in the past, and knew his victim faced a long healing process.