A former Papamoa scout group leader used fear to force two young children to sleep in his bed where he molested them.
Graham William Morine, 76, has pleaded guilty to four representative charges of indecent assault and sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, and will appear in the Tauranga District Court next year for sentence.
The charges relate to an incident in 2012 when two young children, whose sex cannot legally be identified, were staying at his house in Whakamarama for the weekend. One of the children had previously stayed there.
A court summary of facts reveals Morine turned off the light when he tucked the children into their bedroom for night.
"I don't like it when the light is turned off," the child who'd previously stayed at Morine's house said.
When asked why, the child responded, "You'll see".
Suddenly the sound of banging on the walls and scratching at the door began to echo throughout the room. The children, terrified now at the noise, could hear the defendant walking around the hallway and they called out in fear.
Morine responded by suggesting they sleep in his room. He was wearing only boxer shorts and no shirt.
When they were in his bed Morine began touching one of them before performing oral sex on the child.
The children discussed the scoutmaster's behaviour the next morning at breakfast but never spoke about it again.
Morine acted like everything was normal and took the children shooting the next day.
The abuse would continue for years whenever the children would stay with Morine.
He would make the children shower with the doors open and grope them often. They were also made to perform oral sex and masturbate Morine.
Morine admitted his behaviour when confronted by the police.
Morine had been an ardent supporter of Scouts and had appeared in local newspaper articles promoting children join up to the organisation. He had celebrated more than 60 years of involvement in Scouts and his five children had all participated in scouting activities.
Morine was a no-show when he was set to appear on December 7 and a warrant had to be issued for his arrest. He had cited health reasons as his rationale, but Crown prosecutor Anna Pollett said Morine often used his health as an excuse.
Later that day he was the subject of an armed offender's squad callout, before being detained and taken to hospital for treatment.
He appeared briefly in court late on Friday afternoon and was remanded in custody for sentencing to occur on February 13.