Ab­so­lute dis­charge for man caught mas­tur­bat­ing

The Niagara Falls Review - - Local -

A 35-year-old St. Catharines man who pleaded guilty to ex­pos­ing him­self to women at Brock Uni­ver­sity will not have a crim­i­nal record.

Tshi­tuni Nzem­bela-Kalumba was granted an ab­so­lute dis­charge Thurs­day in an On­tario Court of Jus­tice in St. Catharines on a charge of com­mit­ting an in­de­cent act.

The dis­charge means a find­ing of guilt was made but no con­vic­tion is reg­is­tered.

Nzem­bela-Kalumba was ar­rested in May 2017 af­ter Ni­a­gara Re­gional Po­lice ob­served a man mas­tur­bat­ing in a car at the uni­ver­sity and look­ing in the di­rec­tion of fe­male stu­dents.

When po­lice at­tempted to ar­rest the driver, the man fled from the scene, al­most strik­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer. He was later ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent on High­way 406.

Court was told Nzem­bela-Kalumba has been at­tend­ing coun­selling since his ar­rest to deal with is­sues of “im­pul­siv­ity.”

Lawyer An­drew Bur­ton told Judge Tory Colvin his client has the sup­port of his fam­ily as well as mem­bers of his faith com­mu­nity.

He said a dis­charge would be an ap­pro­pri­ate penalty in the case as his client has al­ready suf­fered pub­lic hu­mil­i­a­tion and shame as de­tails of his ar­rest were re­ported in the me­dia.

“Thank you to God for shed­ding light on my wrong do­ing,” Nzem­bela-Kalumba told court.

“…and thank you to the Ni­a­gara Re­gional Po­lice for the work they do to keep the com­mu­nity safe.”

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