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Witnesses say abuse is common in former CYF workers’ homes

Crown Witnesses talk about who will be next molested by caregivers, as sexual abuse and substance use were so common in former children, adolescents, and family homes. did.

Count William Opetia of the Auckland High Court.
Photo: / Jordan Bond

Their caregiver, Earl Opera, has been tried in the Auckland High Court and faces 27 indictments, including sexual assault, after six indictments were withdrawn today.

From the early to mid 2000s, the operator operated Auckland’s children’s, youth and family homes for boys and cared for about 150 boys over a five-year period. He was a boxer and had some of the boys in the sport.

Six boys claim that he sexually abused them during this period. None can be identified.

One of them said he was 14 or 15 at the time of the suspected violation.

In his recorded police interview, the man explained that abuse was very common, and the boys at home were “ordinary” that the other five or six boys there knew and discussed. I thought.

He described the alleged case of being placed in an operator’s private room.

“He told me to put f *** in the room or go to a worse place than where I was … I was just a kid, I didn’t know. He said I He said he would do nothing, he wanted to do me, I would go to jail. “

“I just did what he said. There was nowhere else to go and he knew it.”

The man’s alleged abuse (too graphic to report) began two days after he arrived home and spent less than two months there.

He and the other boys talked about who would be the next to be abused or beaten, he said.

“We said we were scared of each other and would then be sexually abused.”

The man threatened to call an operating police officer, but said it only made it worse.

“I didn’t like this, so I wanted to kill him. But I was a young kid and became normal. He kept bashing me and said he was going to kill my mother and sister. Was. “

The man said the operator bought the boys fast food and gave him cannabis, and at one point he gave him methamphetamine.

“He gave me a puff. It was the first time I smoked a P … it was mostly just a dope. He gave me a dope when I left his room. He gave me a joint while I was in his room … it almost uploads us to f ***. “

He agreed to be given drugs in exchange for sex.

He told the court that he was scared and didn’t know what to do. He “filled everything a few years ago,” so he got angry to talk about it.

He said he had kept this secret secret to himself for years.

He repeatedly called the operator “sick f ***” in interviews.

“I was old enough to know and understand that this was wrong, but I didn’t want to go any worse … he’s a member of the gang … I don’t want to offend him Was, and he is a boxer. “

The man said he knew this as members of the patched gang went in and out of the house.

The operator dismissed six of his accusations today after stating that Crown did not provide evidence associated with them. Judge Galt fired them.

The operator rejects all claims. Twenty-seven accusations remain, including sexual assault, obscenity of boys aged 12 to 16 years, drug supply, and threats of murder.

His lawyer, Anoushka Bloem, said all the boys’ allegations were made to compensate for being abused in the care of the state. She accused the witness of lying about having to fight another boy and being given drugs by the operator.

“No medicine was provided to the boys living upstairs,” Bloom said. “I said otherwise, but there was,” the man replied.

“In fact, Mr. Opera was looking for the boy’s property when you came and went,” Bloom said. “There was no drug or alcohol policy, right?”

“No, that’s definitely wrong.”

“He has never given these boys medicine” to offend us, “in your words. That is not true either. That’s a lie, right? “

“What I said is true and I’m not going to get it back,” said the Witness.

She said there were many success stories from the boys while the operator ran the house. It was in stark contrast to the complaint, as the complaint was simply not true.

The operator was convicted in 2014 and was found to have been sentenced to imprisonment for an unrelated assault of a minor.

Bloom said yesterday that the men saw the operation as “an unruly fruit and ripe for choosing false complaints” and made claims in the hope of financial compensation. It was.

The trial continues in front of the jury and Judge Gault.

Witnesses say abuse is common in former CYF workers’ homes

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