Entertainer's name kept secret

By Anna Ferrick

A Hawke's Bay entertainer jailed for three years for a sex offence on a teenager has won a bid for extended name suppression.

The man, who was found guilty of sexual violation during a trial in May, was granted further suppression yesterday after a judge ruled publicity would cause undue harm to his school-aged child.

During yesterday's sentencing in Napier District Court crown prosecutor Jo Reilly said it was "ironic" that those were the grounds he applied for name suppression on as he himself "minimised" the effect his offending had on his former wife and daughter. The court heard that the 43-year-old invited the teenage boy, then aged 17, back to his house to take part in a photo shoot. During the shoot the teenager was rubbed in oil by the defendant and asked to pose for the camera in various stages of undress.

Judge Raoul Neave said the man "anticipated some enjoyment" out of the encounter when he invited the boy home.

At some point during the encounter, the man "stopped thinking" and proceeded to perform a sex act on the boy, the judge said.

"You proceeded without giving thought to whether or not the complainant was consenting or not.

"You pounced on this young man in a very compromising and vulnerable situation."

He said the victim, now aged 23, was at "no stage consenting" to the act and "just froze".

"He was out of his depth and didn't know what was going on."

He said the incident showed a monumental lack of judgement and thought on the part of the defendant.

The effects on the teenager had been significant and the victim was "mortified" at having to relive the incident through the trial.

"He still doesn't like having his photo taken or being in videos.

"He is yet to tell all of his family what has happened and may never be able to do so."

The judge took into account character references for the defendant and noted his prominent role in the community during the sentencing.

The man's fall from grace would be even greater when his name was released at the end of November.

Judge Neave said the man still showed a lack of understanding or remorse and "he had only himself to blame" for his sentence.

He said if he had pleaded guilty at an earlier date he would have had some credit during sentencing.

His lawyer, Roger Philip, said the offending was "opportunistic" and that he had contributed widely to the community in the many vocations he had.

"Beyond this offending he was a contributing member to society, perhaps more than most."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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