Home D for masturbating in front of children

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Last updated 15:22 31/01/2014

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A Hamilton man's sheltered upbringing combined with a fetish for porn may have led to him walking or peering into homes and masturbating in front of people.

In one incident, Ray Ah-Hong, 21, walked into the dining room of a Hamilton house while two woman and a four-year-old were present, before sitting himself down on their couch and masturbating.

Ah-Hong was yesterday sentenced on eight charges, including doing an indecent act and burglary, relating to six separate incidents between August 1 and August 21, 2013. 

In the first incident, Ah-Hong was standing outside a Hamilton house watching a woman inside when he pulled his pants down.

The woman went to the door where she was confronted by Ah-Hong performing an indecent act.

The next day, Ah-Hong removed a pair of woman's underwear from a clothesline and looked through the bedroom window of a 16-year-old girl.

Ah-Hong then stepped back so she could see him masturbating.

On August 11, Ah-Hong was again outside a Hamilton house where people were celebrating a birthday.

Ah-Hong stood in the garden and waiting outside the toilet window for someone to go to the toilet.

After a while he decided to climb through the window and into the bedroom of a 15-year-old girl.

She screamed and he ran away. Four days later, Ah-Hong went to another house and stood at the bathroom window masturbating until he was seen by the victim when he ran off.

On August 20, Ah-Hong was peering through a bathroom window waiting for a woman to use the shower.

The next day, Ah-Hong went to another Hamilton house where two women and a four-year-old girl were.

He walked inside, pulled his pants down, sat on the couch and began masturbating.

The women and the girl fled the house, shocked.Ah-Hong was found by police 400m down the road.

Ah-Hong's lawyer James Gurnick said his client had a ''deep sense of shame'' for his actions and realised the impact on victims and his family.

He was a father, as well as fulfilling a step-father's role for his partner's child.Mr Gurnick said his client had never offended before.

It was unclear why he had acted that way, however, he said Ah-Hong had been brought up in a very religious household in Samoa before moving to New Zealand as a teenager.

He'd led a very sheltered life, including sexually.''Ah-Hong didn't receive any instruction on sexual behaviour and that masturbation was sinful.

''That had changed since meeting his partner.However, he had also begun to watch porn ''in high frequencies'' and Mr Gurnick said Ah-Hong was under the impression from the movies that women would like the surprise element, as he'd seen in the movies.

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Judge Noel Cocurullo said if it wasn't for a psychologist's report that urged rehabilitation and reintegration treatment, he would have sent Ah-Hong to prison.

''Up until this offending you had, it would appear, led a blameless life...somewhat strict, conservative upbringing and how it was that when your partner recently (had a baby).

"Perhaps the naivety or somewhat ignorance in worldly matters in your upbringing was transposed by that relationship.''

Judge Cocurullo said a recommended sentence of community detention ''does not go anywhere near meeting the interests of justice for the very, very serious repetitive offending.''

''The burglary's are unusual. They are not motivated through dishonesty but are invasions of persons dwellings in the most sinister, sexually overtoned content.

''The displays of sexually-based behaviours through your repetitive, overt masturbation in front of people whilst invading their own private spaces is the most serious and worrying aspect of this offending."

Ah-Hong was sentenced to home detention for six months and also ordered to complete 200 hours' community work.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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