Former Child Youth and Family worker jailed for 12 years for sexual abuse

Rex Lawrence Wilson has sentenced to 12 years in jail on Wednesday.
Rex Lawrence Wilson has sentenced to 12 years in jail on Wednesday. Photo credit: File

A former Child Youth and Family (CYF) caregiver has been sentenced to 12 years in jail after he was found guilty of 15 sexual abuse charges. 

Rex Lawrence Wilson, 64, was found guilty of 15 out of 17 sexual abuse charges, including rape and indecent assault of a child under the age of 12, in February.

The abuse happened between 2001 and 2007.

He showed no emotion as the sentence was handed down to him at the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday following an eight day trial.

Judge Paul Kellar said Wilson's offending "is about as serious as it gets".

He said Wilson "won't be released from jail until he's no longer at risk".

"He will have to move a long way from his stance now for that no longer to be the case."

Newshub.