Wayne Moonie at his conviction for multiple child abuse offenses. Photo / John Weekes
A survivor of horrific child sex crimes confronted one of his abusers in court today, calling pedophile Wayne Moonie a “cockroach” before saying he forgave him.
From a 1980s child abuse to more recent offenses on the internet underworld of the dark web, Moonie insulted multiple boys, some as young as 10.
Forty-one years after being drawn into a circle of pedophiles as a young teenager, Roger Allison outlined the destructive spiral the abuse sent him down.
“I was an extremely lucky and talented boy,” Allison said today as he stood up in Auckland court.
“Everything seemed to fall into place, or so I thought.”
Allison wanted his suppression of his name lifted and told the court he was only 13 when Moonie introduced him to drugs and alcohol and started sexually abusing him.
Soon, Allison said, “Every last bit of the world I knew was gone.”
He added, “I became a commodity… just another innocent, trusting kid.”
Allison said Moonie and the other abusers were an “evil, sick and totally despicable group of scum.”
At one point, Allison’s mother died of cancer, making him even more vulnerable to early 1980s child molesters.
“I trusted Wayne, as did my family.
“What a mean, sick pedophile he was.”
Allison said that trust issues now meant he had a lot of trouble maintaining healthy relationships, and he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
“To this day, these events have had a huge negative impact on my life in every way possible.”
After Allison’s victim statement ended with the words “I forgive you,” Moonie calmly said, “I’m sorry.”
Moonie was about 18 or 19 when he committed crimes in the early 1980s, attorney Susan Giles told the court.
Giles said the abusive behavior had somewhat normalized for Moonie and other pedophiles in the Auckland group.
Giles alluded to child abuse that Moonie has experienced, but added, “He doesn’t want to rely on it as an excuse for his actions.”
Judge Nevin Dawson said other Moonie victims were as young as 10.
Years later, another victim came from downtown Otago and was 14 when he met Moonie through a chat room targeting older men interested in underage boys.
As Moonie scoured the dark web, US and local authorities watched.
“Your activities were monitored by both the FBI and New Zealand law enforcement,” added Judge Dawson.
Moonie sent a victim about 200 pictures of child sexual abuse.
Crown Prosecutor Jacob Barry said Moonie had a deep-seated sexual interest in children.
He said Moonie had claimed that “many of his transgressions” stemmed from boredom.
Moonie was sentenced today to 6 years and 5 months in prison.
The destruction of his computers and all associated equipment was ordered.
“Go well, Mr. Allison. Do your best to put this behind you,” Judge Dawson said.
“There’s a life out there that doesn’t involve people of that nature.”