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Peeping Tom given 3 months in prison

A Hilo man "is not a pervert," his public defender says, but just "unsophisticated"

By Associated Press

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HILO » A Hilo man who was sentenced Tuesday to three months in jail for spying on women changing and showering at a hostel has been unfairly portrayed as a pervert, his public defender said.

"He's an unsophisticated, not-well-conversant person in the English language," Deputy Public Defender Belinda Castillo Hall said at Paul Waathmad's sentencing. She said he accepted a deal to plead no contest to two counts of second-degree violation of privacy because he feared deportation to Yap, in the Federated States of Micronesia. "Mr. Waathmad is not a pervert, and judge, you can take that to the bank."

The prosecution disagreed, saying he peered into a window at Hilo Tropical Gardens Hostel in 2011 as a 27-year-old woman was changing her clothes. During another incident a week later, prosecutors said, he pulled back a curtain as a 57-year-old woman was showering.

Waathmad was "caught up in a maelstrom of hysteria," his attorney said. "He doesn't want to jeopardize his prospect of remaining here in Hawaii, because he's grateful for the opportunity that he's been presented and provided. And he doesn't want to jeopardize those opportunities for himself and for his family. … He wants to raise his daughter in this community."

Hostel owner Trish Owens said the incidents forced her to hire a night watchman and install cameras. She can't sleep and walks around checking doors and windows, she said.

"And I don't want him to forget what he's done because I know I'll never forget it," she said.

Waathmad, 31, apologized in court through a Yapese interpreter, the Hilo Tribune-Herald reported Wednesday.

"I didn't understand the things that happened," he said. "I didn't understand the rules and the laws of the state. Whatever punishment I'm given, I will deal with it."

The judge also sentenced him to a year of probation and 100 hours of community service.






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cojef wrote:
Guess he does not have to register as a sex offender when he is released? No indication in the article. At 31 it is difficult to learn another language. Although my parents never learned English, it was a different time and population density of Japanese was more than 50% and thus they did manage to survive. It's big difference currently, especially in the internet digital age. Got to feel sorry for him as he does not want to return to Yap, yet his adjustment to surviving in Hawaii is questionable. Salvation is become a public charge.
on July 25,2013 | 06:46AM
soundofreason wrote:
Give him access to Weiners tweets/pics.
on July 25,2013 | 07:39AM
mcc wrote:
...while Jimmy Pfulger goes free for killing all those people. Money buys anything you want in Hawaii.
on July 25,2013 | 07:39AM
soundofreason wrote:
Then we should earn some of that.
on July 25,2013 | 08:27PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Hiding behind ignorance is no excuse for being a perv. Lack of English and culture has no relevance. I do not know of any country in the world where sneaking peeks at women in the bathroom, or when changing in privacy, is an accepted practice.
on July 25,2013 | 11:37AM
lowtone123 wrote:
true.
on July 25,2013 | 11:54AM
allie wrote:
agree...scary stuff!
on July 25,2013 | 01:37PM
mcc wrote:
Deport him, he is a liability to the State.
on July 25,2013 | 01:23PM
whatzupwitdat wrote:
@mcc: you're so right!! This is just a "slap on the wrist". He'll be back out doing what he does best: peeping
on July 25,2013 | 03:13PM
gunfunit wrote:
waathmad claims,"...i didn't understand the rules and the laws of the state." so are we to believe his type of dysfuntional behavior is tolerated in yap? if public defender belinda castillo hall believes her client is not a pervert then she should house waathmad for a few months and see what happens!
on July 25,2013 | 06:50PM
st1d wrote:
""Mr. Waathmad is not a pervert, and judge, you can take that to the bank."

The prosecution disagreed, saying he peered into a window at Hilo Tropical Gardens Hostel in 2011 as a 27-year-old woman was changing her clothes. During another incident a week later, prosecutors said, he pulled back a curtain as a 57-year-old woman was showering."

the progression from secretly spying on someone to active confrontation are classic signs that waathmad may be morphing into a serial rapist if not one already.

we have not heard the last of waathmad.


on July 25,2013 | 10:41PM
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