A man has been found guilty on more than 40 counts of sexual offending against young girls.

Peter Robert Doyle, 51, was found guilty at the Whanganui District Council this morning on all but one of the charges he faced, including rape, indecently a girl under 12, indecently assaulting a girl aged 12-16, unlawful sexual connection, committing an indecent act on a child, and committing an indecent act on a young person.

He was found not guilty on one charge.