Fake security guard jailed for sex attacks
An Auckland man pretended to be a mall security guard and lured a teenager into a changing room where he indecently assaulted her.
Juan Carlos Ruiz Mio pleaded guilty to indecently assault the girl and also pleaded guilty to attempting to film up another young woman's skirt a few months earlier.
Mio, 32, appeared In the Waitakere District Court this afternoon where he was sentenced to two years, six months in prison for indecent assault and attempting to make an intimate visual recording.
Judge Lisa Tremewan said in February this year, Mio was at LynnMall, New Lynn, when he targeted a 16-year-old in a clothing shop.
Posing as a security guard he ordered the girl to accompany him to a changing room, accusing her of stealing.
Judge Tremewan said the victim complied and when they were alone in the cubicle she opened her handbag.
Mio proceeded to indecently assault her, ignoring the victim's cries and her requests to see a manager.
He put his hands out to stop her leaving but the girl escaped.
When the victim's boyfriend became aware of what was happening he chased Mio to a carpark where he was apprehended.
The court heard in December last year Mio had been in a chemist at WestCity mall in Henderson when he noticed his first victim, aged 14, who was wearing a skirt.
He followed her around the shop and positioned himself adjacent to her using his phone to film up her skirt.
When the victim's mother became aware of what he was doing he fled.
Later Mio denied both offences, saying he believed the first victim had been shoplifting and labelling the second victim "easy" .
Crown prosecutor Charles Henley said the offending had a "significant level of premeditation" and the victims were particularly vulnerable being just 14 and 16 at the time.
The second victim still suffered "adverse effects" to this day, he said.
"There was skin on skin contact. Even as the victim began to cry Mr Mio continued to assault her and stretched out his arm to prevent her from leaving," Henley said.
"There appears to be no real remorse (from Mio) and therefore there is a risk of this occurring again."
Tremewan said Mio had a "concerning and extensive" list of convictions including indecent assault on a girl aged between 12 and 16 and aggravated assault.
"You targeted young girls less than half your age, you approached them in a premeditated manner. Both girls were wearing short skirts which has attracted your predatory interest in them."
She sentenced him to two years six months imprisonment.