3 months for "Peeping Tom" case at Hilo hostel

Waathmad, 31, accepted plea deal

Published  10:44 AM HST Jul 24, 2013
HILO, Hawaii -

A Hilo man must serve three months in jail for spying on women at a hostel.
    
Deputy Public Defender Belinda Castillo Hall says Paul Waathmad accepted a plea deal because he feared being deported back to Micronesia.  She says the 31-year-old isn't a pervert but got "caught up in a maelstrom of hysteria."
    
Prosecutors say Waathmad peered into the 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 say he pulled back a shower curtain as a 57-year-old woman was showering.
    
Hostel owner Trish Owens says the incidents have affected her business, forcing her to hire a night watchman and put up cameras.
    
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Wednesday he apologized in court through a Yapese interpreter.

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