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Further abuse charges delay teacher's sentencing

Published: 6:17AM Thursday November 15, 2012 Source: ONE News

The sentencing of a former Kaitaia deputy principal has been delayed after another 23 charges were brought against him.

James Parker was due to be sentenced on 49 charges in the Kaitaia District Court today.

However, police laid a further charges against 37-year-old Parker earlier this week after more children came forward following Parker's last court appearance in August.

Parker made no eye contact with his victims who sat in the front row of the public gallery at his court appearance today.

The accused entered no plea to the 23 charges.

Parker was remanded in custody until his next court appearance next year, and the judge indicated the possibility of preventative detention.

ONE News understands support for Parker in the Kaitia community is dwindling as more details of his alleged offending emerge.

"It's about these boys...how many boys has he destroyed their lives. They've got to live with that forever and ever," said Kaitia local Iris Simeon.

The fresh complaints involve a further eight victims, some of which were boys younger than twelve, and include four charges of sexual violation.

The majority of the additional charges cover the period from 2006 to 2012, with two relating to alleged offences in 1999.

Police say the majority of the offences occurred in the past six years.

Meanwhile,  a man accused of multiple sex crimes against young boys collapsed in Kaitaia District Court today ahead of Parker's appearance.