Kevin McMillan was found guilty of sexually grooming a girl
aged 12.Photo / NZ Herald
A man convicted of sexually grooming a 12-year-old girl
18 months ago has been appointed to referee and supervise
girls' football and softball games.
Kevin Dean McMillan was found guilty of grooming the
12-year-old in August 2012, when he was 19.
He avoided prison because the sentencing judge worried he
would be "regularly assaulted ... in a variety of extremely
unpleasant ways by other inmates".
In the past few weeks, McMillan has refereed girls as young
as 14 and 15 in a tournament sanctioned by the Auckland
Football Federation and overseen a softball tournament with 9
and 10-year-old girls through his employment with the
Auckland Softball Association.
Neither organisation saw McMillan as a risk to the children
he officiated over, and both said he was under supervision.
Approached by the Herald for comment, McMillan said both
organisations were aware of his offending.
He was trying to move on with his life, he said. "I have
turned my life around. This is something in the past that I'm
dealing with. I'm doing as much as possible to put everything
In 2012, Judge Roy Wade convicted McMillan for sending the
12-year-old girl more than 400 text messages, many of which,
the judge said, were "entirely inappropriate".
Examples included, "I want to hold you tight and be the lucky
person to kiss you goodnight"and "lol how far have you gone
with a guy?"
McMillan was working as a teacher aide at Blockhouse Bay
Intermediate, where his mother was chairwoman of the board of
trustees. His father is the chairman of the Auckland Softball
Shaun Singleton, a board member of the softball association,
where McMillan is employed as the community development
officer, confirmed the convicted sexual groomer oversaw a
Counties Manukau Sport primary school softball day in South
Auckland two weeks ago with another association employee.
"His involvement on that day was fully supervised. It was
games of softball rather than one-on-one coaching," he said.
"As a board, there's also a little bit of a social duty to
balance the risk of re-offending with ... making sure Kevin
is treated the same as every other individual ... From our
perspective he's been given a chance under certain conditions
and it's up to him."
Counties Manukau Sport chief Russell Preston said he wasn't
told of McMillan's offending by Auckland Softball. "There's
no doubt the parents hearing about it for the first time
would have natural concerns."
- Sam Boyer, NZ Herald