Name suppression has lapsed for an elderly man convicted of more than 40 charges of sexual offending against young people.
Geoffrey Trethewey, 89, was sentenced in the Wellington District Court on Monday and ordered to serve 12 months' home detention, after pleading guilty to the charges, which included attempted rape and sexual violation.
The offending occurred from 1973 to 1991 and involved children aged from seven to their early teens.
Trethewey shook his head and muttered "no" as some of his victims read statements during the sentencing hearing.
Judge Peter Butler said he clearly did not understand the long-lasting effects his actions had caused.
The judge also ordered him to pay $30,000 in reparation for emotional harm, to be shared among his victims.