Navy man pleads guilty over groping
A SELF-described “idiot” navy sailor grabbed two women on the crotch and one on the buttocks at a pub on the Hobart waterfront, begging them both to “come home with me” when his ship visited the city last year.
Leading Seaman Rohan Hitch, then on Sydney-based HMAS Newcastle, pleaded guilty yesterday to committing three acts of indecency without consent at the Telegraph Hotel.
The married sailor agreed he groped the women “willy nilly, not caring whether the (women) consented or not” in August.
He also agreed his conduct was offensive to “standards of modesty or decency”.
The sailor was set to contest the charges at a trial this week, but entered eleventh-hour guilty pleas yesterday morning.
Defence Force Magistrate Brigadier Michael Cowen QC is expected to sentence Leading Seaman Hitch today.