Monday, 17 December 2012

Mo Man's Land

Last updated 15:24 17/12/2012

Paedophile [sic] school visit led to assault charge

"The alleged assault of a Hutt school principal happened after a parent raised concerns about a convicted paedophile [sic] visiting the school.

St Joseph's School principal Peter Ahern was allegedly assaulted in his office by a 39-year-old man, a pupil's uncle, who will face assault charges this week in the Upper Hutt District Court sitting in Lower Hutt.

The incident - last Wednesday morning - followed a meeting between Ahern and two relatives of students, who were concerned about a man who visited the school.

The parents had learned the man, in his 60s, was convicted of paedophile offences [sic] more than 20 years ago.

Ahern needed stitches for a split head and had bruised ribs after the incident, likened to a 'home invasion" by the school's board of trustees chairman Mark Petersen.

The meeting had been amicable until, at its conclusion, the assault happened, Mr Ahern alleged.

"They were looking for the best interests of their child ... [then] one of the guys lost the plot.''"

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