School rugby coach faces 81 charges of sex abuse against children

A school rugby coach will go on trial in Auckland next year for 81 charges of sexual abuse against young boys.

The high number of charges means that if he is convicted, he will be confirmed as one of New Zealand's worst school sex offenders.

Alosio Taimo, a long-time school volunteer and member of the Samoan church community, pleaded not guilty to all charges during an appearance at the High Court last Wednesday.

Justice Simon Moore suppressed all details surrounding any schools or clubs Taimo had been associated with, but did not grant name suppression for the alleged sex offender.

Ministry of Education officials are working with the affected schools to offer support to students.

“We have provided appropriate support to the schools involved, as we do whenever our assistance is sought in such cases,” said Katrina Casey, the ministry's deputy secretary of sector enablement and support.

Taimo listed his interests as “God, Family, Sports” on his personal Facebook page.

Authorities first became aware of his alleged offending in 2016 according to a report on

He initially faced 66 charges, but early court appearances were delayed by several months so prosecutors could file additional charges.

He now faces a total of 81 charges, including 32 charges involving children under the age of 12.

They include sexual connection, attempted sexual connection, indecent assault, and inducing a child to commit an indecent act.

There are a further 49 charges involving boys aged 12-16, including indecent assault, unlawful sexual connection, and committing an indecent act.

The 81 charges involve nine complainants, the youngest of whom are now aged 13.

Taimo is being represented by Auckland barrister Panama Le'au'anae, who said Taimo intends to maintain his pleas of not guilty and go to trial.

The trial has been set down for five weeks, and will begin on February 12, 2018....