A man trying for a baby with his partner was also having sex
with a 14-year-old girl _ and got her pregnant instead.
When the child was born the man denied being the father until
DNA testing proved he was the biological parent.
Caleb Knauf, 22, appeared in the Masterton District Court on
Monday before Judge Ian Mill and pleaded guilty to unlawful
sexual connection with a young person.
After giving birth both the girl and Knauf denied it was his,
but a police-enforced DNA test proved otherwise.
Crown prosecutor Geraldine Kelly said Knauf became a trusted
family friend of the girl's family in 2011.
At the time the girl was only 13 and they soon formed a
relationship, socialising together, Ms Kelly told the court.
The girl's mother confronted them about the relationship.
"He'd seek out opportunities to be alone with the young girl
... they were caught in bed together but he denied any
In 2012, Knauf formed a relationship with an older woman who
was known to the girl and they were trying to have a baby
But in July last year, the victim, then 14, gave birth to a
son and Child, Youth and Family became involved with the
family, Ms Kelly said.
Police successfully applied for a compulsory DNA order which
identified him as the father, she said.
"Both the girl and he denied he was the father ... he then
admitted they had fallen in love ... the baby was to be a
surrogate for [his partner].''
Convicting Knauf of the charge, Judge Mill served him with a
first strike warning about the consequences of future sexual
or violent offending.
If he is convicted of a second sexual or violent offence he
will be jailed without parole. If he commits another of the
40 crimes listed against the three strikes warnings he will
be jailed for the maximum term for that crime and serve it
Knauf was remanded on bail for a pre-sentence report and is
due to be sentenced in Hutt Valley District Court on June 18.
- By Cherie Taylor of the Wairarapa Times-Age