Former Shortland Street Actor Rene Naufahu Sentenced Over Indecent Assault Charges
Former Shortland Street actor Rene Naufahu has finally been sentenced, after pleading guilty to six indecent assault charges in September last year.
The actor appeared in court yesterday and was sentenced to one year of home detention for indecently assaulting female students.
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The assaults took place between 2011 and 2013, during acting classes that he was running and involved six of the students.
According to the NZ Herald, the judge said home detention "would better suit Naufahu's efforts towards rehabilitation" rather than a prison term.
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"I am relieved that this prosecution is now behind the complainants and myself. We can all now move forward and heal, where this is required," he said in a statement,
"That is what I want for all of us. I couldn't be clearer about that."
"To say this prosecution has been a brutal learning curve, one that has caused me to assess my past professional and personal conduct, would be an understatement," he continued.
"But I now realise that my behaviour at that time wasn't always professional and appropriate, even though then I thought it was."
Read the full statement via Stuff.