22 Dec 2020

Man pleads guilty to abusing boys at Dilworth School

1:36 pm on 22 December 2020

One of the men charged in relation to sexual offending against boys at Dilworth School has pleaded guilty to five charges in the Auckland District Court.

Ian Robert Wilson - Dilworth school abuse case

Ian Robert Wilson Photo: RNZ / Jordan Bond

Ian Robert Wilson admitted to five charges of indecent assault on a male between 12 and 16 years old.

Convictions for these charges were entered and Wilson will be sentenced in March.

The former chaplain of Dilworth School, Ross Douglas Browne, 72, also appeared in Auckland District Court this morning.

Ross Douglas Browne.

Ross Douglas Browne (file photo). Photo: RNZ/Jordan Bond

He pleaded not guilty to a further 11 charges including indecently assaulting children.

They include five of indecently assaulting a boy under 12 years old, and four of a boy under the age of 16.

Browne, the former Vicar of the Anglican Parish of Manurewa, will appear in the High Court next year.

He had already pleaded not guilty to three charges in October, and was remanded on bail.

Rex McIntosh.

Rex McIntosh at Auckland District Court. Photo: RNZ / Jordan Bond

Another defendant, Rex McIntosh, pleaded not guilty to indecently assaulting boys and will also reappear in the High Court next year.

Police today laid 33 additional charges against five men aged between 68 and 78, all of whom are already before the court.

They said 80 new complainants had been identified in their investigation into sexual offending at the school.

Charges date from the 1980s through to the early 2000s.

Police are encouraging anyone with information to contact them.

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