Police have arrested and charged six men of retirement age after an extensive investigation called 'Operation Beverly' into historic offending at Auckland's Dilworth School.
Police said the Auckland City criminal investigation branch had been investigating since a complaint was made to them a year ago, and the investigation uncovered a range of other offending and victims.
"The recent charges of allegations of historical sexual abuse are both appalling and deeply saddening," Dilworth's headmaster Dan Reddiex said today.
"I want to be absolutely clear, the Dilworth school I know and lead today has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind."
At this stage, 17 alleged victims have been identified by police.
The charges are as follows:
- A 72-year-old man has been charged in relation to doing an indecent act and three counts of indecent assault.
- A 73-year-old man faces numerous charges relating to sexual violation, indecent assault, sexual exploitation and supplying class A, B and C drugs.
- A 68-year-old man faces a charge of indecent assault and inducing an indecent act.
- A 69-year-old man has been charged with indecent assault.
- A 72-year-old man faces four charges relating to indecent assault.
- A 78-year-old man has been charged with three counts of indecent assault.
Police said the men are expected to appear at Auckland District Court on October 5 and 6.
Anyone with further information that could assist police in regards to the school and this offending is encouraged to get in touch by calling 09 302 6624.
Police said all information received would be treated in the strictest confidence.