Turned church minister with a shocking history of sexual abuse of children is locked up for molesting young boys
- The church minister has been imprisoned for the sexual abuse of three young boys
- Daniel Brass Raharaha Nehemia abused the young boys between 1977 and 1999
- Two of his three victims gave poignantly and & # 39; powerful & # 39; proof to the court
A church minister will spend nearly six years behind bars for the sexual abuse of young boys of more than two decades.
Ratana church minister Daniel Brass Raharaha Nehemia, also known as Brass Boyboy Nehemia and Brass Boyboy, abused the young boys in New Zealand between 1977 and 1999.
Nehemiah pleaded guilty during his trial in the Auckland court in April, where two of his three victims were harrowing and & # 39; powerful & # 39; gave evidence, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Ratana church minister Daniel Brass Raharaha Nehemia, also known as Brass Boyboy Nehemia and Brass Boyboy, abused the young boys between 1977 and 1999.
The prosecutor, Brian Dickey, told the court that there was & # 39; abuse of trust & # 39; when the young boys, 8, 10, and 11 years old when the crime started, the pastor knew before the abuse.
& # 39; He had existing ties or relationships with them … these were very many predatory attacks … there was little other involvement with these children, except to satisfy his own sexual needs and wishes, & # 39; he said to the court.
Judge Russell Collins described Nehemiah & # 39; s insult by reading the summary of the facts in court.
In one instance, Nehemiah said one of the boys & # 39; don't say anything, nobody will believe you & # 39 ;.
Judge Collins praised the boys for their extremely powerful & # 39; proof.
& # 39; It took a lot of courage for them, in a courtroom full of strangers, to talk about the things that happened to them when they were young children, & # 39; he said.
Nehemiah pleaded guilty during his trial in Auckland in April, where two of his three victims were harrowing and & # 39; powerful & # 39; gave evidence
& # 39; Their evidence was extremely powerful – everyone in that courtroom would have had no doubt that they were telling the truth. & # 39;
The Ratana Church was founded by Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana near Whanganui, on the west coast of the North Island, in 1920.
Nehemiah, which was ordered in 2015, was convicted of allegations of indecency between men, indecency with a boy and sexual offense through illegal sexual connection.
Nehemiah was sentenced Thursday to five years and 10 months in prison, his third sentence for sex offense.
In 1980, at the age of 18, Nehemiah was convicted of mistreatment of an 11-year-old boy and fined $ 100.
A decade later, 27-year-old Nehemiah abused a 12-year-old boy and was sentenced to one year and three months in prison.
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