Enabled Child Rapist Bert Potter Dies Ages 86 – VILE DAUGHTER IN LAW CHANGED ACC LAWS FOR THE WORSE.
Vile man. Just a loathsome view. Children are, naturally sexual. But they should be allowed to explore that with children and their own and with them controlling the situation and deciding how things happen. Not some vile man deciding what happens. And the parents , in some cases, totally enabled his actions. Awful time In new Zealand. I know some of the children and they have processed the events at Centerpoint well. Some, not so healthily. His legacy is sadness.
Bert Potter the controversial founder of the Centrepoint commune in Albany, Auckland, has died. He was 86.
Centrepoint was a spiritual community that numbered in the hundreds with people seeking the common goal of liberating themselves physically, emotionally and sexually.
After a police raid in 1991 the reality of Centrepoint came to light when six men and two women, including Potter, were arrested and charged with offences including indecent assaulting a minor and attempted rape of a minor.
In 1992, Potter was sentenced to seven years jail after he was found guilty of 13 charges of indecently assaulting five girls, some as young as three and a half, between 1979 and 1984.
Potter’s daughter in law, Felicity Goodyear-Smith, the wife of his son John, said today Potter passed away at Middlemore Hospital, in South Auckland, at 1am.
She said he had been living in a small pensioner flat in Auckland until about two months ago when his heath deteriorated to such a level that he was transferred to a rest home.
He suffered from Alzheimer’s and had reached the stage where he wasn’t aware what was going on around him, she said.
So he got to forgot his deeds. Lucky for him. Not that he ever regretted his lifestyle. Animal.
HIS VILE DAUGHTER IN LAW…….
Potter’s son John is married to Felicity Goodyear-Smith, who formerly lived at Centrepoint as the community’s General Practitioner, now a Professor at the University of Auckland. In 1993 Goodyear-Smith published a book on what she saw as the child abuse industry. In 2005 Goodyear-Smith was one of the authors of an ACC-funded paper suggesting that a formal diagnosis of mental injury should be required before victims of sexual assault are treated. The paper may have been a contributing factor to policy changes at ACC which led to a significant drop in the number of sexual assault victims receiving state-funded sexual abuse counselling.