Young Bay paedophile faces 10 years' supervision

A young Hawke's Bay paedophile is heading back to jail and, on release, won't be without minders for 10 years, the maximum amount of time a criminal can be under supervision.
Twenty-one-year-old Mataroa Barton, who had blonde highlights in his hair and a short beard when he appeared in the Hastings District Court yesterday, was sentenced to six months in prison.
A 10-year extended supervision order was also approved and would let the Department of Corrections restrict where he could live and forbid him from contacting people under 16.
His latest two convictions were for breaching his release conditions, including failing to inform a probation officer when he changed his address.
Judge Richard Warson took three months off a possible nine month jail sentence on account of Barton's early guilty plea, but said it was unlikely he would serve more than three months.
Barton was sentenced to 11 months imprisonment in August for indecently assaulting two girls under the age of 12.
He had conditions imposed, including a monitored residential address, to run six months after the end of his sentence.
Barton has convictions for sexual offending against young children dating back to 2006.
In 2007 while under 24 hours supervision he repeatedly breached a court order by stalking a 5-year-old girl who was his neighbour.
The outrage from the Napier community, who were not told what Napier suburb he was living in, saw Napier MP Chris Tremain urge angry constituents not to take the law into their own hands.
On Christmas Day last year, police received a complaint after Barton was seen taking photos of young children playing at Napier's Anderson Park.

When confronted, he said he was doing research on children enjoying their holidays.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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