Ambulance officer charged with stupefying teen

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Christopher Roger King. Photo: Glenn Taylor
Christopher Roger King. Photo: Glenn Taylor

A former St John ambulance officer has been accused of stupefying and making an intimate visual recording of a teenaged girl.

Christopher Roger King, 47, of Waipukurau in Central Hawke's Bay, first appeared in court in August of this year but was granted interim name suppression until 5pm today.

He is facing three charges of unlawful sexual connection, two of indecent assault, and one each of disabling/stupefying and making an intimate visual recording.

All charges are denied.

The charges relate to four different women and date back to January 2010.

The alleged offending against the teenage girl took place in Waipukurau on July 24 this year.

He had since resigned from St John.

At an earlier appearance this year he was granted name suppression on the basis of adverse effects on his family, but no fresh application for suppression was made today.

At today's appearance in Napier District Court, King's lawyer, Bill Calver, said the charges were denied and would be defended.

"No new information has come to light, no fresh application for name suppression will be made," Mr Calver said.

Today's appearance was for a case review hearing, however, this was adjourned so that all charges could be heard together at another date.

Crown Prosecutor Jo Reilly told the court there were three sets of proceedings against King which will all run together.

Judge Bridget Mackintosh remanded him on his current bail to reappear in court for a case review hearing next year.

"The purpose of that is to bring all of the matters together so they can all be dealt with in the same way."

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