One of the founders of a group calling themselves the Roast
Busters has apparently apologised online for his involvement
in the group, whose members claim to have had sex with
intoxicated underage girls and then named and shamed them on
a social network website.
Online comments have mostly condemned the group's activities,
but some were supporting the Aucklanders, aged between 17 and
The Facebook page created by
the group was exposed by 3News last night, and the page
has since been taken offline.
Police have said the group had been operating since 2011, but
as none of the girls had made a formal complaint about the
behaviour of the young men, they were unable to lay any
charges against them.
A Facebook post, apparently from an unnamed founder of Roast
Busters said he had made some "major mistakes" and had tried
to make "dramatic changes" to his life.
"I have not been happy with who I have become and if I suffer
any consequences from my past actions then I guess I deserve
it but I just want people to know I am a good person at heart
and I have matured and have taken this as a massive learning
He also apologised to the young girls who had featured on the
"All the girls that have been effected by this whole
ridiculousness I apologize and wish the best for you."
The post was put online by @natekelston154 who wrote that he
thought the apology was sincere. But he also said "some girls
were idiots tho!!"
@GivethNoCareth replied "But what kind of male, takes
advantage of a woman who is intoxicated or drugged?"
Another apparent member of the group has been both criticised
and supported on his personal Facebook page.
In one post last month, he uploaded a photo of him as a child
- when asked what happened to the "cute innocent" boy, he
replied: "Turned into a rapist".
After the story broke about Roast Buster's activities, one
friend wrote on his page to "Stay strong love".
Most comments damned the group's actions.
One person replied: "he was proud of what he and his mates
were doing in fact he advertised this on fb, he degraded
these girls and thn named them."
Dr Kim McGregor from the Rape Prevention Education Group
hoped police would find a way to take action quickly against
"It's not just that they are wanting to have sex with women,
they're wanting to humiliate women - that's a real concern,"
she told Radio New Zealand.
The men's actions seem to be rape, she said.
"They are getting these young women drunk and we know that if
someone is stupefied then they cannot consent, so therefore
it would be rape.
"So I hope police are acting very quickly."
Detective Inspector Bruce Scott told 3News yesterday the
group's actions were hugely disturbing. "But without actual
evidence, my hands are tied."