3 Feb 2015

Former youth worker on trial for sex charges

1:12 pm on 3 February 2015

A former Waikato church youth worker has gone on trial in the Hamilton District Court on three sex charges.

David Ballantyne, 32, faces one charge of sexual conduct with a boy under 16 and two of indecent assault when the boy was over 18.

The charges related to events over an eight year period between 2005 and 2013.

The court heard the defendant was a friend of the complainant's family.

The Crown said he touched and fondled the complainant's genitals when he was 12 and renewed contact with him when he was 19.