5 Mar 2019

Ex-Massey Uni academic Grant Hannis had another complaint laid against him

2:03 pm on 5 March 2019

Police have confirmed a second complaint was laid against a former academic convicted of indecently assaulting an 82-year-old woman in a rest home.

Grant Hannis awaits sentencing at the Wellington District Court.

Grant Hannis at the Wellington District Court. Photo: RNZ / Ana Tovey

Former Massey University professor Grant Hannis was sentenced in January to eight months' home detention, and 100 hours' community detention.

Police have now confirmed there was a second complainant against Hannis, after the NZ Herald reported the prosecution did not go ahead.

Police said a number of circumstances were behind the decision.

They had not received any other complaints, and did not say when or where the second alleged incident happened.

The 55-year-old was convicted of indecent assault after following an 82-year-old woman to her room in a rest home last May.

He trapped her there, and kissed and touched her.

A caregiver interrupted, but when they left to get help, Hannis continued assaulting the woman.

As well as eight months home detention he was also ordered to pay $3000 in emotional harm reparation.

In court, Hannis read out a statement apologising for the pain and distress he caused.

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