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A lawyer who hired underage girls for sex acts claims he had no idea the legal age for sex and prostitution was different — something a Crown prosecutor says "beggars belief". Haines pleaded guilty in July after getting a sentence indication of a community-based sentence. Haines' offending occurred in August , when he arranged to pay two females for sex acts. He met the first through dating website Seeking Arrangement. The girl listed herself on the website as 19, but was actually They exchanged text messages before meeting at Wellington Railway Station, with another man present. They then went to a house and had sexual relations, while the man waited in a different room.
The man arranged contact between Haines and a year-old girl, who told Haines her real age. The legal age for prostitution is 18 — a fact Haines said he was not aware of. Haines had said he did not know the legal age of sexual consent was different than the legal age of prostitution. Defence lawyer Paul Knowsley said it was as "spectacular fall from grace" for Haines, who had lost his law practice and career as a result of his offending. Judge Lance Rowe said the legal age for prostitution was publicised widely when the law came into place.
The law was in place to protect young people from sexual exploitation and, sometimes, from themselves, the judge said. A pre-sentence report described Haines as being deeply disgusted at himself and at pains to try to do the right thing. That, combined with the offer of reparation and efforts to get treatment, showed he was truly remorseful, the judge said.
This is not the first time Haines has had a brush with the law. He was sentenced to periodic detention after being found guilty in of conspiracy to defraud. That offending happened when he was working as a travelling salesman for his father's company, New Zealand Diagnostics. He would sell items, some of which were Government-subsidised, to doctors and nurses. The company had a system where non-subsidised items were ordered on the forms that should only have been used for subsidised items. That conviction required him to go to the High Court to get a legal practising certificate, after the Law Society turned him down.
According to a High Court judgment, Justice Graham Lang said Haines was under his father's influence when offending and had turned his life around. Lawyer Quentin Haines sentenced for hiring underage prostitutes. Jono Galuszka , Sep 28Girls for sex Haines
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