Paul John Wright
Paul John Wright, a Temuka man swore to his 14-year-old victim over his father's grave he would not sexually assault her again, and initiated counselling to stop his behaviour when family members learned of it.
The man, 43, was sentenced to prison for 15 months on a representative charge of indecent assault by Judge Brian Callaghan in the Timaru District Court yesterday.
The offending took place between December 2007 and June 2008, generally in the evening when the girl's mother was showering. The man touched and kissed the girl on her hands, lips, breast and genital areas, masturbated in front of her and had her masturbate him.
In June 2008 he took the victim to his father's grave and promised never to repeat his behaviour. When the victim's family discovered the offending last year, it chose to deal with the matter privately, with members, including the victim and the man, seeking counselling.
When the matter came to the police's attention in March this year, the man admitted the offending.
Defence counsel Wayne van Vuuren said home detention could be an appropriate sentence; the man had voluntarily gone to counselling, he "appeared to be in the right frame of mind to make amends", had a healthy degree of empathy, and had made an effort to stop his offending.
While Judge Callaghan said he took into account the efforts made by the man when determining his sentence, he said the courts must take a firm line because children and young people needed to feel safe and secure in their homes.
The man's behaviour had had a serious effect on the victim who had self-harmed, both before and after the offending, and had suicidal thoughts, Judge Callaghan said.
The offending was so serious home detention was inappropriate, he said.
Date of Birth
1966 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Wellington now, was Temuka/ Timaru
Sentenced to 15 months in June 2010
Released January 2011
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