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Jail for historical abuse in Northland

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/11/2016

A former Northland dairy farmer has been jailed for nearly five years for sexually abusing two boys, and police believe there are more victims.

Bruce Anderson, 58, was on Friday morning in Manukau District Court sentenced to four years and nine months' jail after pleading guilty to three representative and two specific sexual abuse charges, police say.

He had sexually abused two boys, aged 11 and 13, in the early 1990s when he was living in the Northland town of Tinopai and working as a dairy farmer.

"This has been a lengthy investigation and based on the information we have gathered through the course of our enquiry, we believe there are likely to be more victims out there," Detective Inspector Gary Lendrum said after sentencing.

"People may not know that there is no time limit for reporting a sexual crime, it doesn't matter if it happened yesterday, last week, last year or a decade ago."

Det Insp Lendrum said complaints would not automatically go to court.

"There are many options we have depending on the victims' wishes."

He said Anderson moved to Auckland around 1994-1995 and spent some time working on the North Shore. He spent the last decade in Papakura.

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