Entertainer jailed for sexual violation

TRACEY CHATTERTON
Last updated 12:27 24/06/2013

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A Hawke's Bay entertainer has been jailed after he lured a teenager to his house for a modelling shoot and sexually violated him.

The 43-year-old was found guilty of violating the 17-year-old seven years ago, following a three-day trial in the Napier District Court last month.

Judge Raoul Neave sentenced the man to three years, one month imprisonment today. He extended name suppression because he believed publication could harm the man's family.

During the trial, the court heard that the man approached a teenager in a video store about modelling for him.

The teen said he reluctantly agreed to go to his house because he promised to pay him and he needed the money for school.

He began posing for the photo shoot fully-clothed but, as it progressed, the man asked him to remove his shirt and trousers. He also got him to change out of his boxer shorts into white underwear.

The man rubbed body oil all over the teen, claiming it would improve the photos. He then performed a sex act on him.

The man's 10-year-old daughter was watching television in a nearby room while this was happening.

The man, who is bisexual, said he never intended the photo shoot to culminate in a sexual encounter, but he told police he was "like a red rag to a bull" when he noticed the teen's arousal.

He believed the teen was consenting because he did not stop him.

The complainant, who is now 23, said he "just froze". Afterward he became angry and told the man it "wasn't cool".

During sentencing, Judge Neave said the man's "monumental lack of judgement" resulted in his fall from grace.

Lawyer Roger Philip said his client had given a lot to the community through his work, performing and hosting community events.

Mr Philip described it as one-off opportunistic offending.

Judge Neave said the man never thought about whether the teen was consenting.

"He metaphorically dived in."

The offending had a major impact on the victim, who did not like having his photo taken because it brought back bad memories.

Judge Neave said the man showed no remorse.

"You simply failed to see what you were doing was wrong."

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- The Dominion Post

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