Hayden John Jorgensen
The appellant appeared in the District Court at Timaru on 17 July this year on two charges of indecent assault. The charges involved different complainants but both occurred in a broadly similar context, that of a church group with which the appellant was involved in what could be regarded, perhaps loosely, as a supervisory role. It seems from what I was told that his wife was the church youth group leader and this led to him having involvement in the activities of the youth group. The first charge related to a sleepover in a flat occupied by a member of the youth group.  The appellant wound up lying next to a 14 year old girl who happened to be his niece by marriage. As she was drifting off to sleep the appellant put his hand up inside her upper clothing pushing it underneath her bra and resting it between her breasts. He put his other hand under her lower clothing, that is under her pyjama boxers and inside her knickers. He then lay there with his hand on top of the general area of the complainant's vagina.  The summary of facts indicates that at this time the complainant was crying. The appellant then attempted to pull her face towards him to kiss her and she pushed away from him. There is some dispute, as I understand it, as to what exactly happened next but in any event she then left the room.  This incident came to the attention of the church group as a whole or the Minister of the church. The appellant was, as I understand it, stood aside from youth group activities for some time. No other action was then taken.  Early this year the appellant became involved with the youth group again and in the course of this involvement he became friendly with a girl who was then aged 15. She was to turn 16 at the end of March.  The second charge related to incidents which occurred with this girl on 17 March.  On that day the appellant and the complainant were at a flat occupied by one of the members of the church group. In the evening the appellant kissed the complainant on the mouth. Later they lay on a bed together and the appellant rubbed her leg. Later still when the appellant and the complainant were on a couch he began touching her by placing his hand underneath her top in the course of which he touched and fondled her breasts on the outside of her bra for two or three minutes. He also had his hand in the area of her vagina on the outside of her jeans. At some point of the proceedings he grabbed her hand and placed it on his penis rubbing her hand against his penis although I take it this was over his clothing.  The appellant pleaded guilty to the charges.
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|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|10-9-2002||Appeal hearing Date is approx||High Court Timaru||Indecent assault||17-03-2002||12 Months, Imprisonment||▼|