Graeme Whitmore Roper was sentenced in the New Plymouth District Court, two months after he was found guilty of historical sex charges. (File Photo)
A Taranaki man found guilty of historical sex crimes, including the rape of a 12-year-old girl, has been jailed for 11 years.
In July, a jury found Graeme Whitmore Roper guilty of eight sex charges, after two days of deliberating trial evidence given in the New Plymouth District Court.
Eight witnesses were called by the prosecution as part of the evidence against Roper, including the three complainants, who are now adults.
The charges related to offending which took place in New Plymouth between August 1993 and July 1996.
Roper was charged in August 2020, 24 years after the offending took place.
The jury heard how Roper groomed the 12-year-old rape victim, before threatening the child not to tell anyone about what had happened.
In relation to another victim, who was aged 13 at the time of the offending, Roper supplied her with alcohol before sexually assaulting her.
On Friday, the 64-year-old appeared for sentencing before Judge Tony Greig, who presided over the trial.
After hearing sentencing submissions, the judge imposed an 11-year jail term.