A Rotorua man who treated a young girl like a "sex slave" has
been jailed for more than 13 years.
Richard Moke, 40, was sentenced in the Rotorua District Court
to 13 years and seven months in prison, with a minimum
non-parole period of eight years, after earlier pleading
guilty to 10 charges of sexually assaulting a girl under 16.
These included three charges of sexual violation by rape,
five charges of sexual violation by unlawful sexual
connection and a charge each of inducing a girl under 16 to
do an indecent act and indecent assault, all involving the
same victim in Rotorua between August 16, 2010 and March 27,
All except one of the charges are representative, which means
the offending happened more than once. He had also admitted a
charge of assaulting the girl.
Rotorua Crown prosecutor Amanda Gordon said the sexual
offending happened on a frequent basis, several times a week
over a 20-month period.
When interviewed for the pre-sentence report, Moke said he
was "responding to the victim's needs" and the victim
encouraged his behaviour, she said.
Ms Gordon said Moke showed no remorse and no comprehension of
the nature and extent of what he had done.
Moke's lawyer, Harry Edward, admitted there were no
mitigating factors apart from his client's guilty plea.
Judge Chris McGuire said the victim had described feeling
like she was "basically his sex slave".
"It became normalised for her. This was her life. This was
what her days and weeks consisted of," he said.
He said the victim had not written a victim impact statement
and noted it was often not until later in life victims of
this type of offending succumbed to the psychological damage.
Judge McGuire said he imposed the minimum eight-year prison
period because an ordinary parole period would not have been
sufficient to meet the need for denunciation and deterrence.
- By Katie Holland of The Daily Post