A 62-year-old Otago man in a position of responsibility has
admitted indecently assaulting a teenage male on a tramping
trip in the Mount Aspiring area almost 40 years ago.
The man, whose name is suppressed, appeared in the Dunedin
District Court before Judge Kevin Phillips yesterday.
He admitted a charge of indecently assaulting the boy, who is
now a 52-year-old man and whose name is also suppressed, at
Wanaka on or before May 18, 1975.
At the time the man was in his mid-20s and the boy was 14.
The man was convicted and remanded on bail to May 27 for
Judge Phillips said the victim in the case did not want the
man's name to be suppressed, and it was likely that the
interim suppression order would be lifted when he was
Until it is lifted, details which can identify the man cannot
The police summary of facts stated the man and a colleague
took five males on a tramping trip to the Mount Aspiring area
in May 1975.
About May 18, the group tramped to a hut which had two bunk
rooms, each with bench mattresses from wall to wall and able
to sleep up to a dozen people.
One night the man slept beside the boy. They were in separate
The boy was woken by the man persistently pressing against
his bottom and back.
The boy rolled away and went back to sleep, but was again
woken by the man, who had put his hand inside the boy's
He indecently assaulted the boy, who rolled away and
tightened the drawstring around his sleeping bag so the man
could not reach inside.
When spoken to by police, the man said he could not remember
the trip and denied the indecent assault.
The man had no previous convictions, the summary stated.