An elderly man has been sentenced to home detention on more
than 40 counts of historical child sex abuse.
Geoffrey, or Geoff, Trethewey, 89, a retired podiatrist from
Wellington and Wairarapa, appeared in Wellington District
Court today on 42 counts of indecent assault and sexual
violation against children under 12-years-old.
Name suppression granted to Trethewey expired today, and he
can now be named.
He was sentenced to 12 months home detention, as many of the
charges were representative over a period of time, police
"Wellington police laid charges after receiving a complaint
from a female in 2011. An investigation located a further
nine women and one man who also made complaints," said
Detective Dave Bealing.
"The charges related to ongoing abuse of the victims when
they were aged from about seven through to their early teens,
during the period from the mid-'70s through to the early
During this time Trethewey was known in the Newtown and Mt
However, Mr Bealing said he believed there may be more
victims that have yet to come forward, and urged them to