A sexual predator who hired prostitutes for a young male
friend then watched the pair have sex through a two-way
mirror has been jailed for 16 years.
Robert Frank Stevens, 65, preyed on the vulnerable youngster
for his own sexual gratification, groomed him with alcohol
and free clothes, and raped him repeatedly over more than a
Sentencing judge Mary Beth Sharp described Stevens' crimes as
"heinous". She labelled his prolonged and premeditated sexual
offending against the male victim among the worst she has
presided over in 17 years on the bench.
His hair grey and thinning, Stevens, of Mount Albert, was
found guilty last year on 10 counts of sexual violation by
unlawful sexual connection - several of them representative.
He was sentenced yesterday in Auckland District Court to 16
years behind bars - with the judge warning he "may never see
the light of day again".
But he maintains his innocence and intends to appeal against
the sentence - insisting the depraved violations were
consensual sex with a willing adult man.
The court was told that Stevens - director of Auckland
limousine company Casino Limousines Ltd - began offending
against the victim in 1994 when the youngster was just 13.
The rapes and voyeuristic sex sessions would continue for 12
years, as Stevens groomed the youngster, plied him with
alcohol and gifts, and isolated the fatherless teen from his
He would force himself on the victim, raping him an estimated
30 times and violating him with sex toys.
The court was told the victim was first raped when he was 13
or 14 after Stevens and a friend had been drinking and
watching pornography together. He was held down and sodomised
over a couch at Stevens' house, crying from the pain. Stevens
told the victim: "Calm down, relax, I'll be gentle."
When the victim was 16, Stevens began paying for prostitutes
to come to the house and have sex with the teenager.
Unbeknown to the victim, these sex sessions were watched by
Stevens and his friends through a two-way wardrobe mirror.
The court was told that after losing his own son in a
motorbike accident, Stevens began dressing the victim in his
dead son's clothes and calling himself "stepfather" at school
The victim watched yesterday's sentencing remotely via CCTV.
In an emotional victim impact statement read out to the court
on his behalf, the victim said he had trusted "Bob" and
looked up to him.
"I was drawn into his world, his home, by a father figure,
fancy clothing and the cost of that was being sexually
"I was too young to understand the consequences. I felt I had
my adolescence stripped away from me."
The victim later lived on the street and suffered post
traumatic stress disorder and frequent nightmares. He
eventually tried to commit suicide.
"I realised he liked brainwashing young guys. I felt angry he
was able to groom me. I feel like a sucker, but then I was
young and naive."
In a statement, the victim's mother labelled Stevens a pig
and "nasty little man". She said she had been cheated of
watching her once happy son develop.
"My mother told me to 'always watch your daughters', but not
your sons. Why didn't someone warn me? When I think about Bob
I feel sick to the pit of my stomach."
Judge Sharp labelled Stevens' actions "sinister" and said the
case was one of the most awful she had ever heard.
"You preyed upon an innocent and very vulnerable young boy,
still at intermediate school, who was fatherless.
"There was deliberate grooming, there was deliberate
sexualisation. Unlike the defence, I accept completely there
was a deliberate strategy of isolating the victim, who was
fatherless, from his mother."
She added: "I have been a judge for 17 years. This is one of
the more unsavoury trials I have had the displeasure of
Police say Stevens' limousine company often carried young
people on school balls and believe other young victims are
yet to come forward.