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Long sentence for paedophile

Published: 7:43PM Thursday February 15, 2007 Source: One News

A serial paedophile described as an extremely high risk to children has been jailed indefinitely and death threats and abuse were hurled at the 27-year-old as he began his sentence.

Amor Josiah Walter offended hundreds of times, sexually abusing at least 15 children over the last seven years.

"To think that one of your family members had to go through that at such a young age...it's absolutely disgusting, I don't know how anyone could do that," the victim's sister told One News.

Walter met families through church groups, winning his victims' trust by playing video games with them or plying them with cannabis.

"He shattered that trust by sexually violating and assaulting those children," said Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Levy from Lower Hutt police.

"You don't know what to say to the victim, because you know, all you want to do is cry and hug that person," said the victim's sister.

Walter showed no emotion as he was sentenced to preventive detention and told he must serve at least 15 years. When he entered the dock, a victim in the public gallery repeatedly shouted that he would kill Walter. He had to be forcibly removed.

After sentence was passed, one woman yelled at him to rot in hell, while another collapsed to the floor.

Walter, himself a child sex abuse victim, had previous convictions for sexual offences in 1997 but did not reoffend while serving a two year suspended sentence.

Judge Miller said he doubted Walter wanted to ever stop.

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