Man who kept daughter as sex slave released

  • 11/05/2016
Ronald Van Der Plaat (Newshub.)
Ronald Van Der Plaat (Newshub.)

Residents of the street in which a convicted sex offender will be released today say there is a real sense of concern among the community.

Ronald van der Plaat, now 82, kept his daughter as a sex slave for more than 20 years and is scheduled to be released from prison to his west Auckland home today, following a parole board decision earlier in the year.

Teressa Thomson, a mother who lives near the Bosun Pl address van der Plaat will now live told Newshub the release will change the way the community operates.

"The concerns I have is what might this do to our property values, how people might have to change their behaviour -- for example children not being about to go and play outside."

Gail, another resident who lives no more than two minutes away from van der Plaat's address, says her sons often ride their bikes down to that end of the street.

It's an activity she says they'll now have to reconsider.

"It is remarkably close...they'll probably be taking another route."

The Dutch-born man was originally sentenced to 15 years and 10 months in jail for the 23-year long sexual abuse of his daughter.

The abuse took place when she was aged between nine and 32 while they lived in Vanuatu and Auckland.

The conditions of van der Plaat's release include having to wear a GPS bracelet and a ban on nearing or entering any locations where children under 16 may gather.

That includes children's parks, schools, kindergartens, beaches, childcare centres, or libraries.

Ms Thomson says the community has had several meetings prior to his release in which they have been briefed by the Department of Corrections as to what it means for them.

"We were informed of his monitoring plan, and my interpretations is that we, as the community, are responsible for reporting any breaches of his parole. And we are to ring 111 immediately if he does breach any of those conditions."

Corrections has also made an application to the High Court to allow the conditions to remain in place for 10 years.

Peninsula Primary School, which is less than 400 metres away from Bosun Pl, issued a warning on the front page of its newsletter.

Man who kept daughter as sex slave released

Principal Teresa Burn told parents Corrections would be alerted within five minutes of a parole breach and said all she could do was trust the plan will work if van der Plaat tries to do anything.

The news has also angered Jess McVicar of the Sensible Sentencing Trust who says the Parole Board's decision is an "absolute disgrace".

"This again is a failure in our justice system; it is basically setting up another victim for him.

"The fact the report says 'future victims' gives me the shivers, they know he will offend again yet he is going to be released. Every mother will be living in fear because our justice system has once again failed us."

van Der Plaat was released in 2010, but sent back to jail after being seen holding hands with a girl of about five years old in Auckland.

The Parole Board had to release van der Plaat as he was sentenced before compulsory detention rules came into force, and had served his full sentence.

That's despite the fact the board believed he had a medium to high risk of reoffending and he still continued to deny his crimes.