Dilworth offender Ian Robert Wilson jailed three years, seven months over indecent assaults

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The first Dilworth School sexual offender to be sentenced has been jailed for three years and seven months for indecently assaulting young boys, some of whom over years.

Ian Robert Wilson was sentenced today over sexual abuse perpetrated at Dilworth School.

Ian Robert Wilson was sentenced today over sexual abuse perpetrated at Dilworth School. Photo: RNZ /Jordan Bond

Ian Robert Wilson, 69 of Maraetai, East Auckland, pleaded guilty to six charges of indecent assault on a boy under 16, and one of doing an indecent act, which took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and one in 1990.

He is the only Dilworth-linked man to admit his offending so far. Seven other men charged in relation to indecency against boys at Dilworth School are due to go to trial next year.

In sentencing at the Auckland District Court, three victim impact statements were read, speaking of the life-long impacts the sexual offending had on the abused men and their ability to trust and maintain relationships.

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Judge Collins said Wilson’s offending was on boys who were vulnerable in two regards – their age and difficult home lives – and had subsequently had devastating effects on their lives.

One spoke of the suicidal thoughts he had afterwards, and self-harm; others spoke of the immense trouble they had forming intimate relationships; heavy drinking; marital troubles – some problems still occurring to this day, more than 40 years on.

Wilson was also revealed today as previously having been convicted of a similar crime in 1997 of doing an indecent act to a boy under 12 years of age, also in relation to Dilworth School.

He had previously had name suppression for the conviction, which was today lifted by the judge and was not opposed by Wilson’s lawyer Steve Cullen.

Both the Crown and Cullen said Wilson was genuinely remorseful. He wrote a full apology to his victims, which was read out by Cullen.

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Cullen said Wilson was also a victim of sexual abuse himself as a child from ages nine through to 12 or 13.

The police investigation has heard from over 100 victims who are former students of Dilworth, an Auckland boarding school for underprivileged boys.

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