Absolute discharge for man caught masturbating
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.”