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Police welcome conviction

Monday 18 November 2013, 2:12PM
By New Zealand Police
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Police welcome today's conviction of former senior constable Gordon Stanley
Meyer on corruption and indecency charges, and say others may have
information important to their ongoing inquiries.

Meyer, 45, pleaded guilty in the High Court at Christchurch today to one
count of corruption, and another of indecent assault, following offending
against young women during 2011. He was convicted and will be sentenced next
month.

Until now, suppression orders have prevented revealing his name and
occupation. He has since resigned from Police.

Assistant Commissioner Grant Nicholls said Police welcomed the conviction on
behalf of the victims, but that its investigation still remained open.

"We praise all of those who came forward and helped us, which has ultimately
allowed us hold Mr Meyer to account and get justice for the victims. No-one
should have to put up with the kind of disgraceful behaviour exhibited by
this former officer, who abused his position of trust and hurt those who he
should have been helping," Mr Nicholls said. "There is no place for anyone
who behaves like this within New Zealand Police.

"Following today's conviction, there may be others in the community who have
information that is important to our inquiries. Our investigation still
remains open and we encourage them to please come forward and speak with us."

Mr Nicholls said today's conviction was the result of public support, with
the Police investigation team investing some 9000 hours of work and taking
more than 80 statements during what had been a complex and challenging
investigation.

"I am disgusted and appalled at Mr Meyer's actions, which are not reflective
of the attitude of the thousands of other Police men and women who came to
work each day to make our communities safer."

Anyone wanting to pass on information to the Police inquiry team can do so
free of charge, by calling 0800 223 370. Information can also be provided
anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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