$10,000 payment ordered from sex offender

April 7, 2017 | By More

A 22-year-old man has been jailed and ordered to pay $10,000 to the three under-age girls he had sex with.

Christchurch District Court Judge Raoul Neave told Kenneth Allen Fry that his offending arose from “naivety, stupidity, and selfishness”.

The three girls who were victims, told of post-traumatic sex disorder being diagnosed, self-harm, an eating disorder, and suicide attempts arising from his offending.

One told the sentencing session: “I will have emotional and physical scars for the rest of my life.”

Fry has since married, and he has now begun the two-year seven-month jail term imposed by Judge Neave on 16 charges he admitted of sexual connection with young people.

The charges against him originally included rapes, but he had pleaded guilty to the under-age sex charges when the rapes were withdrawn.

The girls and their families had provided victim impact statements which the judge said were “compelling and harrowing”.

One parent told the court that she and her husband felt their daughter had died, through Fry’s offending. She had turned into “a reclusive, lonely, angry little girl”.

One of the victims described Fry as being “manipulative and controlling” and using emotional blackmail.

Defence counsel Tony Garrett assured the girls and their families that Fry had been affected by the victim impact statements.

He spoke of the dangers of social media and its use “by people who are grossly immature”.

“I can understand why victims say they feel manipulated because they get themselves into situations that rapidly get out of control,” he said.

Judge Neave commented: “Increased communication is not the same thing as improved communication.”

The judge said Fry’s offending began when he was 17 and involved a 13-year-old victim. It included taking advantage of her when she was affected by alcohol. The second victim was aged 14, and the third victim – who he met over Facebook – was aged 13. Fry was aged 20 at that time.

He said the offending had clearly caused serious trauma to the victims. He accepted the submission from Crown prosecutor Pip Norman that Fry had been “unwilling to focus on anybody’s needs but his own”.

He ordered Fry to pay $2500 to two of the victims as emotional harm reparations, and $10,000 to the third girl for specified expenses and emotional harm.

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