00:00 LIVE STUDIO I/V Detective Inspector Brian
Pearce, Christchurch Police on Christchurch Civic Child Care Centre creche
investigation into child sexual abuse involving workers Gaye Davidson, Janice
Buckingham and Marie Keys re we don't rush in to lay prosecution or charges
of this nature, had meeting with head of our CIB, we called in the Crown
Solicitor and our own legal officers, at end of meeting were satisfied case
was established against the women.
1:25 I/V Brian Pearce re that's being a
little bit mischievous, the judge really relied on an amalgam of three
reasons, the weight of evidence was one, the likely prejudicial effect of the
Peter Ellis trial on the women was the other and the fact that a child would
be required to come to court a second time was the third .
2:30 I/V Brian Pearce re the security of
that child's evidence can be judged on the basis that the jury at the Peter
Ellis trial in fact convicted him on three charges relying on the evidence of
that child. I/V Brian Pearce re we're
talking about the credibility of the child and this jury found the child to
be highly credible .
3:36 I/V Brian Pearce re specialists
involved in interviewing this child are skilled and mature women .
4:14 I/V Brian Pearce re the point I was
making when I was speaking off camera to you was that we've come in contact
with a drug which is the most insidious drug I think that we have, the drug
is pornography it's addictive and it's evil in every sense of the word, for a
long time our society have mocked people like Patricia Bartlett, Graeme Lee,
John Banks, really what I'm saying is I believe in a God who will not be
mocked, currently I believe this country is actually now starting to reap the
harvest of liberalism and of compromise .
5:20 I/V Brian Pearce re our investigators
are trained to be highly objective. I/V
Brian Pearce re no I'm not sorry the women were arrested, accept this inquiry
has had a significant impact on the women's lives and their careers but
police when assessing charges really can't take into account status,
profession or reputation. I/V
Brian Pearce re agrees child abuse is a terrible slur .