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One of the people jailed for abusing Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie has been sent back to prison.

Michael Pearson, 24, was sentenced to 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of burglary, assaulting a police officer and breach of release conditions.

During sentencing at Rotorua District Court on Tuesday, Judge James Weir noted Pearson's "disturbing" history of offending, which included violence against children and numerous appearances for burglary, the Rotorua Daily Post reports.

A police summary of facts stated that shortly after his release from jail in May, family members called police after they became concerned about Pearson's level of intoxication.

One of his release conditions was that he would not consume alcohol.

Pearson was arrested, but while in the police car he managed to thrust himself backwards, driving the top of his head into a police officer's face.

In 2007, Pearson participated in putting three-year-old Nia in a clothes dryer, which was turned on while she was inside, and was watching when she was put on a clothesline and spun around until she fell off.

Pearson was sentenced in 2008 to three years in prison for ill-treating and assaulting Nia, who died after months of abuse by a number of people.

NZ Newswire

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