Rugby coach in Auckland used position to repeatedly sexually abuse 18 boys, the court said



Alosio Taimo goes to the Supreme Court in Auckland with 83 graves of sexual offenses that he has refused.

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Alosio Taimo goes to the Supreme Court in Auckland with 83 graves of sexual offenses that he has refused.

The 18 boys who were allegedly sexually abused by a rugby coach from Auckland were often and repeatedly abused, have heard a court.

Alosio Taimo, an old volunteer and rugby coach at school, faces 83 indictments for indecent assault or sexual offense against 18 complainants, some of which date back to the 1980s.

The 55-year-old continued to deny the charge and did not plead all 83 guilty on Monday.

On Wednesday, prosecutor Jasper Rhodes opened the Crown case and told the jury that all 83 cases of sexual violence against the 18 complainants now between 13 and 42 years old have taken place.

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"More than 30 years between 1987 and 2016, Alosio Taimo has sexually abused 18 young boys," said Rhodes.

"He often abused them and repeatedly in different ways and locations."

The youngest victim was only 9 years old when Taimo sexually abused him, Rhodes said.

Taimo was a high-ranking member of the community, the court heard.

Alosio Taimo was a long time rugby coach.

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Alosio Taimo was a long time rugby coach.

De Kroon claims that Taimo used his trust position to enable him to take care of the boys.

"It was this confidence that the suspect exploited and abused for his own pleasure, it was this confidence that allowed the defendant to get away with it for so long," said Rhodes.

The jury was warned by Rhodes for the graphical nature of the accusations during the trial.

Taimo came to New Zealand from New Zealand in 1987 and lived with his sister before moving to his own home, the court heard.

"This is where the younger boys would stay with him at night and where many of the insults occurred," said Rhodes.

The court heard that Taimo was working at a fast food store and a freight company before he worked as an assistant teacher.

"He was personally involved in selecting a small group of guys to act as sports monitors," Rhodes said.

During his time at the school he provided help to parents by bringing their sons from the school to a rugby club, the court heard.

"Through all these connections, he got to know the young boys and his families and he became familiar," Rhodes said.

"He would regularly let a number of boys sleep."

The first 10 complainers were connected through the school and the rugby club, but were of different ages.

The court heard that the crime came to light when the first complainant was being tapped by his aunt.

"He told her that he (Taimo) had touched him and sexually abused him."

The older brother of the first complainant would also have been sexually abused by Taimo.

The aunt called the police and they began to investigate, said Rhodes.

Taimo was sued with 50 offenses in 2017, but when his name was announced, more complainants emerged.

He is accused of touching the young boys, violating them sexually or inciting them to initiate or perform sexual acts.

The alleged violations took place at the house of Taimo, in his car, in gyms, in a classroom and in a park.

He is also accused of hitting a boy with indecency at a birthday party.

In total, Taimo faces 24 charges for sexual offense through unlawful sexual connection, 18 of an indecent act on a child under 12, 23 of indecent acts with a younger under 16, eight accusations of indecency with a boy under 12 and 10 indictments of indecency with a boy between 12 and 16.

The trial is closed for 10 weeks for a jury of five women and seven men and judge Simon Moore.

– Stuff


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