Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby says he is satisfied that the
council's pools company is appropriately dealing with the
case of an Otumoetai Pools attendant who assaulted a teenage
John Trevor Hill, 51, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault
in Tauranga District Court on Tuesday.
The offence relates to him assaulting a 14-year-old girl by
inappropriately hugging her outside the pool complex in June
this year during one of his work breaks.
Hill, who was stood down from his job until the charge was
resolved, has been sentenced to 75 hours' community work and
must pay $500 compensation to his victim for emotional harm.
He was originally charged with indecent assault but police
downgraded the charge to assault after legal arguments by his
Hill, who has a prior similar assault conviction relating to
another school girl outside Otumoetai College, is employed by
Tauranga City Aquatics Limited (TCAL) - the council's pools
His future employment at the pools is under review.
In a written statement published in yesterday's Bay of Plenty
Times, TCAL chief executive Tania Delahunty said: "This
matter has been dealt with by the police who TCAL have
co-operated fully with.
"As this is an employment issue we cannot discuss the details
but we are confident that appropriate steps have been taken."
The Bay of Plenty Times was unable to contact Ms
Delahunty yesterday after several phone calls seeking further
comments about Hill's future and TCAL's employee screening
But Mr Crosby said last night that he was satisfied TCAL had
taken the appropriate steps in relation to this matter.
He understood TCAL was informed of the possibility of Hill
facing charges in relation to the incident and believed
management took all the right steps to address any concerns.
"That included fully engaging with the police and the
victim's family and standing Hill down until the allegations
against him were resolved."
Mr Crosby said in relation to employee screening checks, if
TCAL felt it did not previously have adequately robust
systems in place, he was sure changes would be made to
He said in regards to Hill's future at Otumoetai Pools, that
was an employment matter which must be resolved between TCAL
"But I expect there will be an appropriate outcome, so the
public can feel 100 per cent safe in attending the pools."
Mr Crosby said he was being kept fully briefed on
- By Sandra Conchie of the Bay of Plenty Times