A man convicted of sexually grooming a 12-year-old girl 18 months ago has been appointed to referee and supervise girls' football and softball games.

Kevin Dean McMillan was found guilty of grooming the 12-year-old in August 2012, when he was 19.

He avoided prison because the sentencing judge worried he would be "regularly assaulted ... in a variety of extremely unpleasant ways by other inmates".

In the past few weeks, McMillan has refereed girls as young as 14 and 15 in a tournament sanctioned by the Auckland Football Federation and overseen a softball tournament with 9 and 10-year-old girls through his employment with the Auckland Softball Association.


Neither organisation saw McMillan as a risk to the children he officiated over, and both said he was under supervision.

Approached by the Herald for comment, McMillan said both organisations were aware of his offending.

He was trying to move on with his life, he said. "I have turned my life around. This is something in the past that I'm dealing with. I'm doing as much as possible to put everything behind me."

In 2012, Judge Roy Wade convicted McMillan for sending the 12-year-old girl more than 400 text messages, many of which, the judge said, were "entirely inappropriate".

Examples included, "I want to hold you tight and be the lucky person to kiss you goodnight"and "lol how far have you gone with a guy?"

McMillan was working as a teacher aide at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate, where his mother was chairwoman of the board of trustees. His father is the chairman of the Auckland Softball Association.

Shaun Singleton, a board member of the softball association, where McMillan is employed as the community development officer, confirmed the convicted sexual groomer oversaw a Counties Manukau Sport primary school softball day in South Auckland two weeks ago with another association employee.

"His involvement on that day was fully supervised. It was games of softball rather than one-on-one coaching," he said.


"As a board, there's also a little bit of a social duty to balance the risk of re-offending with ... making sure Kevin is treated the same as every other individual ... From our perspective he's been given a chance under certain conditions and it's up to him."

Counties Manukau Sport chief Russell Preston said he wasn't told of McMillan's offending by Auckland Softball. "There's no doubt the parents hearing about it for the first time would have natural concerns."