School sex offender report delayed

By Kate Shuttleworth

Te Rito Henry Miki. Photo / Twitter
Te Rito Henry Miki. Photo / Twitter

A report into how a convicted sex offender eluded authorities to teach in North Island schools has been delayed.

The findings of a ministerial inquiry led by former Ombudsman Mel Smith, which were due to be given to the Minister for Education Hekia Parata today, have been delayed to early next week.

The report would detail how Terito Henry Miki, 41, managed to train as a teacher and work in up to eight schools.

Ms Parata called for an inquiry in February when Miki was confirmed to be working at an Auckland primary school using an alias.

Ms Parata wanted answers about how Miki eluded the Teachers' Council, police and Department of Corrections to find work in the education system.

A spokesperson from the minister's office said the delivery of the report had been delayed due to the matter being before the courts.

Ms Parata had asked for the inquiry to report back no later than April 30.

Miki, 40, was sentenced at the Auckland District Court on May 18 after pleading guilty to seven charges of using a document to obtain a pecuniary advantage and four charges of breaching a supervision order.

Miki had been given two extended supervision orders, which are reserved for sexual offenders with a high-risk of re-offending, and which imposed release conditions preventing him from associating with people under 16, of from working without the approval of a probation office.

He had previously been jailed on indecent assault and common assault charges relating to a 14-year-old boy.

- APNZ

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