Ex-Salvation Army officer jailed for sex abuse

A former Salvation Army officer was yesterday jailed at Wellington District Court for seven years on historic sex abuse charges.

Raymond Vince, 63, of Levin, earlier admitted nine charges of indecency against girls under the age of 12, and one charge of raping a girl aged between 12 and 16.

The charges dated back to when he worked at the Salvation Army's Bramwell Booth children's home in Temuka between 1977 and 1981.

Vince resigned from the Salvation Army in 1997 and since then has worked as a drug and alcohol counsellor based in Levin, most recently for Mid Central Health.

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