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Gang member denies charge of unlawful sexual connection

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Police have laid charges over alleged sexual assaults against a teenage girl. Times file photo

A gang member has been charged in relation to a sex attack he’s alleged to have carried out against a teenage girl at a coastal location in east Auckland.

The 42-year-old man is scheduled to reappear in the Manukau District Court in September this year charged with unlawful sexual connection.

The New Zealand Herald newspaper recently reported the gang member is alleged to have driven the girl to a lookout spot at Maraetai Beach one night in May, 2020.

The teenage girl told the newspaper the man put a sunshade up to cover his vehicle’s windscreen and lit a joint which he allegedly shared with her.

She said he began to say disgusting things to her and touched her leg before removing her pants and allegedly raping her. Afterward he drove her home.

The girl, who is now 17 years old, is reported as having been the victim of alleged multiple sexual attacks by gang members or associates in Auckland.

She said one of the incidents was filmed by a teenage boy on a mobile phone.

It was reported the girl is attending weekly counselling sessions and that her life remains “shattered” and she suffers from nightmares.

Three of the men alleged to have assaulted her have been charged with sexual violation by rape.

One man has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in February.

The gang the men belong to, or are associates of, has not been publicly identified.

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