SIX GUILTY IN PITCAIRN SEX ABUSE TRIAL

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HONOLULU (Pacific Islands Report, Oct. 26) – Six of the seven Pitcairn Island men on trial for assaulting young girls over a period of decades were reportedly found guilty yesterday in a makeshift courtroom on the isolated Pacific island.

Among those found guilty was Steven Christian, the Mayor of Pitcairn who claims to be a descendant of Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian. Christian was convicted of five counts of rape.

According to the Associated Press, others found guilty, of charges from rape to gross indecency, were Steve Christian’s son, Randy Christian, Les Brown, Dave Brown, Dennis Christian and Terry Young.

The sole defendant acquitted was Jay Warren, a magistrate on Pitcairn found not guilty of indecent assault.

The separate trials, conducted by Judges and lawyers from New Zealand, began Sept. 30.

Victims of the abuse testified during the trial from Auckland, New Zealand, by video link.

The defendants were reportedly charged with a total of 51 attacks on young girls and women, with some of the attacks taking place 40 years ago.

The AP reported that Steven Christian was acquitted of four indecent assaults and one rape but convicted of five rapes. His son, Randy Christian, was convicted of four rapes and five indecent assaults but cleared of one rape and two indecent assaults.

Len Brown, 78, was reportedly convicted of two rapes. His son, Dave Brown, was convicted of nine indecent assaults and cleared of four assaults and two charges of gross indecency.

Dennis Christian was convicted of one count of indecent assault and two sexual assaults.

Terry Young was convicted of one rape and six indecent assaults.

October 26, 2004

 

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