Cambridge couple plead guilty to raft of child sex abuse charges

A Cambridge couple in the equestrian community have pleaded guilty to a number of child sex charges in the High Court at Hamilton on Monday. 

Andrew Alan Williams, 53, pleaded guilty to 56 charges. His partner, Laken Maree Rose, 30, pleaded guilty to four charges, related to inducing children to commit indecent acts. Rose pleaded not guilty to 61 charges.

The couple have been accused of a raft of alleged sexual crimes against children, including indecent assault, unlawful sexual connection, rape, making objectionable materials and possession of those materials - the latter of which relate to videoing and taking pictures of sexual acts.

The seven complainants are aged between three and 15, six of whom are identified. 

The offending took place between January 10, 2019 and March 10, 2019 at a Bay of Plenty campground. Some of the alleged acts also took place at the defendants' homes.

A charge of rape or sexual violation carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment, while making objectionable material carries a maximum sentence of 14 years behind bars. Other charges carry a maximum penalty of seven to 10 years imprisonment.

Rose and Williams have previously denied the allegations, including joint charges of indecent assaults and rape of children under 12. The couple also pleaded not guilty last year to making objectionable materials - and the possession of those materials - which relate to the alleged recording of sexual acts.

Sentencing for Williams and Rose will take place on February 26, 2021.