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Man who had daughter as sex slave released

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/05/2016

A man who kept his daughter as a sex slave for more than 20 years is set to leave prison despite fears he may reoffend.

Ronald Van Der Plaat, now 82, is scheduled to be release from prison and back into his west Auckland home on Wednesday, following a parole board decision earlier in the year.

The Dutch-born man was originally sentenced to 15 years and 10 months in jail for the 23-year-long sexual abuse of his daughter when she was aged between nine and 32 and they lived in Vanuatu and Auckland.

The conditions of Van der Plaat's release include having to wear a GPS bracelet and a ban on nearing or entering anywhere children under 16 may gather.

That includes children's parks, schools, kindergartens, beaches, childcare centres, or libraries.

He will be released back to his house in Te Atatu, where a meeting has been held with local residents by the Department of Corrections to ease concerns.

Corrections has also made an application to the High Court to allow the conditions to remain in place for 10 years.

Peninsula Primary School, near the road on which Van Der Plaat will live, issued a warning on the front page of its newsletter.

It said it had been given assurances by Corrections.

Van Der Plaat earlier was released in 2010, but sent back to jail after being seen holding hands with a girl of about five years old in Auckland.

The parole board had to release Van der Plaat because he was sentenced before compulsory detention rules came into force and has served his full sentence.

That's despite the fact the board believed he had a medium to high risk of reoffending and he still continued to deny his crimes.

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