The Herald’s recent article about a former teacher who indecently assaulted an 11-year-old boy requesting a clean slate so he can work in aged care, raises questions about the sort of people the aged care sector wants working in it.
The New Zealand man (who has name suppression), has applied for his historical offending to be hidden under the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004 so he can work in aged care. This legislation allows a person, in some circumstances, to withhold information from the public about their criminal convictions.
The assault took place in 1986 and he was convicted when he confessed a decade later.
The man, who is in his 50s, had his application for a clean slate declined in the District Court and took his case to the High Court.
The man’s lawyer argued if his client was not granted a clean slate “word would be all over the city” once he applied to work in the aged care industry. He also said he had many endorsements that revealed him to be an ideal person to work with the elderly.
The judge raised concerns about the safety of visiting grandchildren. He allowed the man’s lawyer to submit material identifying the likelihood each employer would employ a person with the man’s history.
The appeal was adjourned part-heard and will conclude at a later date.