Beraiah Hales (front) and Joseph Parker are the alleged
ringleaders of the group.
Roast Buster Beraiah Hales says he is now "one of the
most hated people in New Zealand" following allegations he had
sex with drunk, underage girls.
However, Hales says he is "not worried" about the police
investigation into the Roast Busters, a group of
predominantly West Auckland youths who bragged on the group's
Facebook page about having sex with girls as young as 13.
Hales and friend Joseph Parker are alleged to have been the
ringleaders of the Roast Busters. The pair and several other
members have been under watch by police since late 2011 when
a 13-year-old made a formal complaint about the youths.
To date, no one has been charged in relation to the
allegations, due to a lack of evidence. But the police
Both Parker and Hales have been in hiding since November when
their names and photographs were published.
Parker, the son of Hollywood actor Anthony Ray Parker, could
not be reached yesterday.
But Hales responded to messages through a Facebook page he
set up in December. He wasn't worried about the investigation
or being charged, saying "... nothing on the videos or
anything on Facebook is/was illegal. Why would I be worried?"
Hales directly blamed the media for the situation he was in,
and appeared to have no issue with the police.
"It wasn't the police that put it on the news, it was the
media. And also the police haven't done anything wrong here
... As long as I know the truth I'll be fine," he said.
Hales was not concerned about the length of time police were
taking with the investigation.
"It's still going because how would it look if police
announced that it all got dropped, that nothing is going to
happen? No one would trust them any more because of what the
media has said about us," he wrote.
He described himself and Parker as "the most hated people in
New Zealand" and said they did not want to defend themselves
against "something that isn't true".
"It's not what the girls say that I care about, it's what
[the media] have said ... As I said before, as long as I know
the truth I'll be fine."
Hales' mother, whom the Herald has agreed not to identify to
protect her other children and family members, also spoke to
the Herald through Facebook. She said she was sure the
investigation was over and police were only maintaining it
was ongoing "because they don't want the public going nuts at
"They have no evidence," she said.
"They [the media] have ruined their lives and put a lot of
stress on the family, when nothing has been proven ... The
public have already made up their minds."
It appeared Hales was trying to make a fresh start outside
Auckland, posting a message on his new Facebook page on
"You may only be born once but that doesn't mean you
shouldn't get a second chance at life! New Beginnings," he
Police remain tight-lipped over the investigation, named
Operation Clover, and have repeatedly refused to answer
questions about the specifics.
However, they maintain that the ongoing investigation is
"comprehensive and lengthy".
"This is a sensitive investigation that will not be
compromised by the discussion of operational matters," said
Detective Inspector Karyn Malthus. "We reiterate this is a
victim-focused investigation that involves a number of young
people, and their needs remain our main priority."
- Anna Leask of the New Zealand Herald