News.co.nz New Zealand bookseller Adams Publishing Group has apologised for selling children’s books to an ex-boyfriend of a man convicted of sexually abusing young boys.
A former partner of the man who allegedly abused the boys has also been found guilty.
Adams Publishing said it would make the apologies in its bookshop at its main Auckland site and also on social media.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced to 14 years in jail for child sexual abuse in the late 1990s.
He was sentenced in May to 14 and a half years for the sexual abuse of children.
At the time, the former partner had also been convicted of two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of indecent assault.
But he was cleared of any involvement in the offences by a jury.
This was a case where, in the context of what was going on at the time of the offending, it was quite shocking to me that someone would take the time to buy a child’s book.
Mr Beasley was surprised to hear about the case when contacted by News.nz. “
That’s why we’ve apologised.”
Mr Beasley was surprised to hear about the case when contacted by News.nz.
His business partner, Andrew McInnes, had also taken the time out of his busy work schedule to buy the book.
“It’s the first time I’ve heard of it,” Mr McInness said.
“I’ve never heard of anything like it happening.”
Mr Beasys business partner has also admitted selling childrens books to a man who is currently serving a 14-year sentence in prison for child sex abuse.
Mr McInniss, who is now in a relationship with his partner, said he did not know if the man was involved with Adams Publishing.
In a statement released this morning, Mr Beasley apologised to the two men.
If anyone has any further information regarding this matter, they can contact Adams Publishing on 1800 077 0070.
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