Police fear more victims in ambulance officer case

By Patrice Dougan, Anna Ferrick of Hawke's Bay Today

Christopher Roger King. Photo / Glenn Taylor
Christopher Roger King. Photo / Glenn Taylor

A former St John Ambulance officer, facing several sex crimes charges, may have other victims who have not yet come forward, police believe.

Christopher Roger King, 47, of Waipukurau, appeared in the Napier District Court yesterday on seven charges including sexual violation, indecent assault and making an intimate visual recording.

One of his alleged victims was aged 16 at the time.

King denies the charges, which 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.

An earlier court appearance in August had seen King granted interim name suppression, which was lifted at 5pm yesterday.

He is accused of carrying out some of his crimes during the course of his employment with St John Ambulance. He has since resigned.

Officer in charge of the investigation against King said after the first charges were laid against him in August more women had approached police to make complaints.

"It's possible that there may be more women in the community who have been offended against by King and we would very much like to hear from them," said Eastern District Police child protection team Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Greig.

"We appreciate how difficult it can be for victims to approach police in these circumstances, but we can assure anyone who comes forward that they will be treated with the utmost respect and sensitivity."

At yesterday's court appearance, 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.

The 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 February.

- APNZ

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