Prominent Kaitaia sex accused in court

NZ Newswire Updated November 1, 2012, 1:44 pm

A prominent Kaitaia businessman charged with a raft of child sex offences has had his name suppression lifted.

Daniel Taylor, 33, appeared in Kaitaia District Court on Thursday facing 17 charges for abusing four young boys between 2007 and 2011.

He has been charged with six counts of indecent assault on a boy aged under 12, six counts of indecent assault on a boy aged between 12 and 16, three charges of indecent assault on a boy over 16, one charge of attempted sexual connection with a boy under 12 and one charge of attempted sexual connection on a boy aged between 12 and 16.

Taylor entered no plea and was remanded in custody to reappear in court on November 15.

He is understood to be the vice-chairman of the Kaitaia Business Association.

He was one of two well-known Kaitaia men in court on Thursday facing sex charges.

Church leader Eric Clifford Reid, 63, admitted secretly filming a teenage girl and a woman when he appeared in Kaikohe District Court.

Reid pleaded guilty to 25 charges of making intimate visual recordings and 24 charges of possessing intimate visual recordings, the New Zealand Herald reports.

He stepped down from his role as pastor of the Kaitaia Family Church after the complainants came forward, but a spokesman from the church's network said the victims were not members of Reid's congregation.

Reid will reappear in court next year for sentencing.

The two cases follow a local teacher's guilty plea in August for historic sexual abuse of young students.

James Parker, 37, was the deputy principal of rural Pamapuria School, south of Kaitaia, when he was arrested in July.

He later admitted 49 charges, including indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection.

It was later revealed concerns about Parker were first raised with police 16 years ago, and he was also the subject of an investigation by police, the Ministry of Education and Child Youth and Family (CYF) in 2009, but no charges were laid at those times.

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