Man exposed himself to tots and reoffended again after police released him

By Imran Ali -
Mark Anthony Martin, 39, plead guilty to exposing himself in front of children.
Mark Anthony Martin, 39, plead guilty to exposing himself in front of children.

A Whangarei man has pleaded guilty to exposing himself in front of children inside a pre-school and outside a primary school, then further offending within an hour of being released on bail.

Mark Anthony Martin, 39, entered his pleas in the Whangarei District Court on Monday to two charges of doing an indecent act, two of being unlawfully in an enclosed yard, two of unlawfully interfering with motor vehicles, one of obscene exposure, one of possession of cannabis and another of possession of utensils for smoking methamphetamine.

The police summary of facts said Martin entered a childcare facility in Whangarei about 2.40pm on August 31, 2016 while his pants were around his knees.

A teacher calmly escorted him from the premises. Martin then approached a female who was waiting to pick up her child from the child care facility. The shocked female ran to her vehicle and locked the doors.

Martin attempted to open the passenger door before moving on to another car and opened the front passenger door.

The female driver leaned over to the passenger side, pulled the door shut and locked it. Martin then performed an indecent act.

The driver got out and phoned police, prompting him to leave. He was located nearby and a glass pipe used to consume meth and .63 grams of cannabis were located from him.

Martin was taken to Whangarei police station where he admitted the items were his but denied exposing himself. He was charged and bailed at 4pm to appear in court at a later date.

But at 4.30pm, he followed a woman and her two young children on Porowini Ave. The woman went to the front door of her neighbours home and confronted Martin. As the house occupant came out, Martin ran away.

He was located on Morningside Rd. Martin denied following the woman and her children but later admitted going to the house, claiming he thought the woman had invited him in for coffee. He was charged with being unlawfully in an enclosed yard.

He will be sentenced on November 3.

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