A former Wellington school bus driver and Scout master has
been arrested and charged with historic sex offences against
Godfrey Ball, also known as Geoffrey, was arrested by
Masterton police for alleged historic sexual offences against
boys between 1964 and 1985 while living in Wellington.
Ball, 78, appeared at Masterton District Court yesterday
facing 12 representative charges including indecent assault
and doing an indecent act.
His three victims were aged between seven and 16 during the
period of the alleged offending.
Masterton Police child protection team Detective Damian
Doocey said Ball was not granted name suppression and has
been remanded in custody.
"This matter is being thoroughly investigated and a number
for search warrants have been executed today.
"Our concern is that there may be other victims who we are
yet to identify and we encourage anybody with concerns to
make contact with police."
Police inquiries established Ball used his position as both
as school bus driver as a Scout master to access his victims,
Mr Doocey said.
"There may well be people who remember important information
which could assist police."
Ball will next be appearing at Masterton District Court on
June 23, when a bail application will be heard.
Anyone with information regarding Ball's offending or who
carried similar concerns were advised to contact the
Masterton Police Child Protection Team on (06) 370 0309 or
visit their local police station.