Dilworth investigation: Another arrest in relation to sexual offending claims

4:19 pm on 15 September 2020

Another man has been arrested in relation to police's investigation of historical sexual offending at Dilworth School.

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Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

Yesterday, six men in their 60s and 70s were arrested in relation to allegations dating back to the '70s and up to the early 2000s.

Police yesterday said there are 17 victims.

Today, a 60-year-old man has been arrested and charged with sexual violation, attempted sexual violation, indecency and indecent assault.

More than 50 people have contacted police since yesterday, when police made an appeal for anyone with information to step forward. The school's Trust Board had also apologised to students, and reassured anyone wanting to speak that "you will be listened to and you will be believed".

Police say they will follow up inquiries on any relevant matters.

"Police recognise that it can be difficult for victims to come forward," Detective Senior Sergeant Geoff Baber said in a statement.

"We respect the courage of those who have contacted us.

"We continue to encourage anyone who may have information that can assist our investigation to come forward."