Health worker loses licence following conviction for sex acts on his 11-year-old daughter

The health worker wore a tracking bracelet on home detention for sex offending against his daughter. Photo / Michael Craig
The health worker wore a tracking bracelet on home detention for sex offending against his daughter. Photo / Michael Craig

A health worker has lost his licence because he was convicted of doing indecent acts on his daughter when she was aged 11.

Wide suppression orders have been imposed in the case in addition to the statutory one that prevents publication of details that could lead to the victim being identified.

The man entered an early guilty plea after he was charged with criminal offending, according to the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, which has ordered he be struck off the register of his professional authority because the conviction was found to reflect adversely on his fitness to practise.

Over a period of several weeks, the man entered his daughter's bedroom on at least five occasions and performed an indecent act on her. He was sentenced to home detention, involving the wearing of a tracking bracelet, for 7 months and 14 days and required to complete a rehabilitation programme.

The name of the professional authority is suppressed, as is the offender's occupation, and the names of the tribunal members who are from his profession. The location of the district court in which the man was convicted and sentenced is omitted from the tribunal's verdict.

An agreed summary of facts in the decision says the man maintains his offending occurred in a period of several weeks and he did not offend again.

He quit his health work after his conviction and had tried to resign from his professional authority but the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act prevents this when criminal or disciplinary actions are pending.

He is currently training in a non-health field.

"Mr D maintains that his goal is to cause the least amount of harm to the people whom he loves," the summary says. "He is very sorry that he hurt his daughter and his ... other children and all of the family who love them and his family who love him.

"He maintains that he entered an early guilty plea to the criminal charge because he believed that no punishment could be enough for him and knowing that it would cost him everything. His other motivation for entering an early guilty plea was to avoid causing more harm to his daughter and others whom he has hurt.

"He loved his job; he loved caring for his patients and he worked hard to give his patients the best care that was possible.

"Mr D told his daughter he would take responsibility for what he had done to her and that he would do everything he could to help her get beyond the harm that he had caused her."

As well as de-registering the health worker, the tribunal, chaired by Kenneth Johnston QC, censured him and ordered him to pay $1621.72 towards the tribunal's costs and $752.50 towards the costs of the professional authority committee which laid the disciplinary charge.

- NZ Herald

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