A MAN who shoved his nude torso in front of a woman and chased another woman around a lounge room while he was naked has been fined $2000 in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court.
Matthew Dunn, 30, of Camperdown, was fined $1500 after pleading guilty to two counts of indecent assault and a further $500 for breaching a community corrections order.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Nathan Brown said Dunn had been in a lounge room with a number of other people in the early hours of June 6 last year when he had exposed his penis near a woman’s face.
Dunn had been drinking at bars throughout Warrnambool’s central business district before the incident, Leading Senior Constable Brown said.
After the incident, the victim had asked another person to drive her home, he said.
In the second offence, Dunn had been at a residence on the afternoon of June 29 last year, when he had chased the victim around the lounge room while naked.
He had later put on his boxer shorts and sat on the woman so she could not move.
He had got off the woman after she requested he do so.
Xavier Farrelly, for Dunn, said his client had been drinking heavily at the time of the offences.
He had been working at licensed premises and would drink quickly after he finished work.
Dunn had not intended to put the women in fear due to his behaviour and there had been no attempt at sexual gratification, Mr Farrelly said.
When interviewed by police, Dunn had said he often walked around his house naked.
Magistrate Ron Saines said Dunn needed to change his attitude about walking around naked when there were other people present.
“It is well outside of your private life and affects other people,” Mr Saines said.
He accepted that Dunn’s offences involved “a low level of intention to intimidate or harm women” and were “a misguided joke”.
“I am prepared to treat this as a less serious example of sexual offending,” Mr Saines said.
However he warned Dunn that his offending brought him close to being placed on the list of sex offenders.
Being placed on the list of sexual offenders would mean Dunn would face the stigma of being a sexual pervert, Mr Saines said.