Pool paedo convicted rapist

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A man who indecently touched six children at a Queenstown swimming pool is a convicted rapist and child molester who’s spent almost 15 years behind bars.

Paedophile Benjamin Barrie Bradbury, 43, of Tauranga, was yesterday found guilty of indecently assaulting the girls, all aged under 12, at Queenstown Events Centre’s Alpine Aqualand in June 2017.

He touched them inappropriately as he passed them in the pool’s lazy river – spending 19 hours at the pool over three days.

He had been out of prison for just over a year at the time, after serving a 13-year sentence for abducting a 15-year-old at knife point and raping her in Auckland in 2003 and indecently assaulting other minors around the same time.

And Bradbury had only been out of prison eight months when he offended in 2003. He’d served an 18-month sentence for indecently assaulting a six-year-old.

Bradbury couldn’t be named before the guilty verdict. He had interim name suppression so he could get a fair trial. The jury were not told about his previous convictions, which is standard practice.

Yesterday, in Invercargill District Court, they returned a unanimous jury verdict of guilty on 10 of 13 charges against him, relating to offending at the Queenstown Events Centre.

The offending took place on June 8, 10 and 14, 2017.

The jury found him not guilty of three charges.

They related to offending alleged to have occurred on June 8, 2017.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz