Ex-Salvation Army man admits four sex charges:[2 Edition]
KEAST, John. The Press. Christchurch, New Zealand:Oct 17, 2006. p. A; 3
A former Salvation Army captain who managed a children's home in South
Canterbury has admitted four sex-abuse charges but denied 23 others.
John Francis Gainsford, 69, of Auckland, pleaded guilty in the High Court in
Timaru yesterday to three counts of indecently assaulting girls aged under 12
and one of inducing a girl under 12 to perform an indecent act. The charges are
Gainsford, who used to manage the Bramwell Booth children's home in Temuka, in
rural South Canterbury, has denied three allegations of rape, one of attempted
rape, 10 of indecent assault, three of committing an indecent act on girls
under 12, two of indecently assaulting a girl aged between 12 and 16, two of
inducing an indecent act and two of indecently assaulting a boy under 16.
Eighteen of those counts are representative.
The offences are alleged to have occurred in the 1970s and involve eight
complainants, seven female and one male. All details relating to their identity
are suppressed, as are details relating to two Crown witnesses.
The trial, before Justice Fogarty and a jury, is expected to take two weeks.
Tim Gresson (with Craig O'Connor), for the Crown, said Gainsford began a
pattern of abusive behaviour while at Bramwell Booth.
Some assaults are alleged in offices, at a woolwash and in a laundry.
Gresson said Gainsford was moved from Bramwell Booth after allegations he
indecently touched and had sex with girls at the home.
A former male pupil would allege he was asked by Gainsford to kneel and pray
while an indecency took place.
A former female resident said she was raped twice by Gainsford, both times on
lolly night, when residents were allowed to buy sweets. The complainant said
Gainsford indecently assaulted her as he carried her in piggy-back races.
At first, the witness said, Gainsford was nice and seemed like a father figure.
She said he touched her indecently two or three times a week.
The witness said she told other girls about Gainsford's behaviour and they said
similar things had happened to them.
A staff member was told and a meeting was held, after which Gainsford left.
The witness said Gainsford took her twice to what was known as the "halfway
house" and got into bed with her. He raped her.
After the rape she said she was walked back to her bed and tucked in.
Paul Dacre, of Auckland, appears for Gainsford.
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