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Takuya Koaze, 48, used a camera purchased in Japan to film up the skirts of hundreds of schoolgirls as they boarded state buses in Sydney's north in 2010 and 2011.

Takuya Koaze, 48, used a camera purchased in Japan to film up the skirts of hundreds of schoolgirls as they boarded state buses in Sydney’s north in 2010 and 2011.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/bus-driver-voyeur-loses-freedom-bid/story-e6freuy9-1226432716511

Bus driver voyeur loses freedom bid

A DRIVER who secretly filmed up the skirts of schoolgirls as they boarded his bus has lost in a last-ditch attempt to escape jail for the voyeuristic acts.

Former STA bus driver Takuya Koaze, 48, attached a “spy camera” to the door of his government bus to covertly snap girls as young as 10 when they boarded the vehicle.

In June, a magistrate sentenced him to 12 months in prison for shooting and collecting the images, which included thousands of photos and more than an hour of video footage.

Koaze immediately appealed the sentence and was released on bail while he waited for the decision.

His barrister Adam Williams this morning told a District Court judge his client was “very ashamed” about his actions – which had stemmed from a “psychological deficit”.

“He’s ashamed that, not only has he brought shame upon himself, he’s brought shame upon his mother and his late father,” he said.

The court heard both Koaze’s parents had been well-known artists within the Japanese community and he planned to live with his frail, elderly mother when he was released.

Mr Williams said Koaze’s secret filming had “elements of voyeurism and fetishism”, but the bus driver didn’t pose a danger to the community as he had no desire for physical contact with his victims.

“Certainly, these offences were not impulsive – on the contrary, these are more of the nature of compulsion,” he said.

“The excitement for him is the clandestine or surreptitious nature of the offending.”

But Judge Ronald Solomon said he didn’t question the need to send Koaze to jail for his “unnatural interest” in filming young girls’ private parts.

“Bus drivers and persons who deal with the public must be told that they can’t breach that position of trust,” he said.

“The sentence today must not only punish the offender, but also deter others from committing offences of a similar nature.

“The privacy of young girls and women has been violated by the behaviour of (Koaze).”

Judge Solomon said the driver “obviously needs help” and reduced his non-parole period to seven months so a Japanese-speaking psychologist could treat him when he was let out of prison.

Koaze showed no emotion as Corrective Services officers led him away to start his sentence, which will now run until at least February next year.

 

A bus driver who perved on kids as young as 10 has been jailed

A BUS driver who installed a “spy camera” to film schoolgirl passengers has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Takuya Koaze, 48, used a camera purchased in Japan to film up the skirts of hundreds of schoolgirls as they boarded state buses in Sydney‘s north in 2010 and 2011.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of filming private parts without consent, after police uncovered more than 2,500 photos of girls who appeared to be as young as 10.

He was sacked from his employment as an STA bus driver the day after his arrest.

He said during his sentencing in the Downing Centre Local Court today that he recognises he made a “terrible mistake”, and through an intepreter said he wanted to apologise to his victims.

“I didn’t give a lot of thought as to whether it was criminally illegal,” he said.

“I made a terrible mistake that I feel very sorry for.”

His mother Setsoko Koaze said during her character evidence that her son “began to realise that this is not a preferable hobby” and has since found religion.

Magistrate Michael Price described the crimes as “serious” and “pre-planned”, as well as involving “vulnerable victims.”

He sentenced him to three one-year jail terms, to be served concurrently, with a nine-month non-parole period.

 

I made a mistake: upskirting bus driver

  • AAP
  • June 15, 2012 2:52PM

A BUS driver who used a hidden camera to film up the skirts of hundreds of schoolgirls has told a Sydney court he made a “terrible mistake”.

Takuya Koaze, 48, appeared before Downing Centre Local Court today charged with possessing images of young girls.

The images focused on the victims’ legs, buttocks and genital area.

Koaze has pleaded guilty to three counts of filming people’s private parts to obtain sexual arousal, while working as a bus driver.

Police found more than 2500 images and over 60 minutes of footage of girls, some of whom appeared to be as young as 10 or 11.

“I made a stupid mistake and I feel terribly sorry for … everybody involved, because of this,” Koaze said through an interpreter during his sentence hearing.

“I didn’t give it a lot of thought whether it was criminally illegal.

Koaze’s mother told the court she continues to support her son and their relationship has grown stronger since the charges were laid.

“After this incidence he began to realise that is not a preferable hobby,” Setsoko Koaze said.

Ms Koaze added that her son had turned to religion and was going to marry.

The court heard Koaze, who speaks limited English, communicated with passengers with basic hand gestures.

He is undergoing psychological treatment for his offences.

Koaze was dismissed by the State Transit Authority the day after police charged him.

The hearing is continuing before Magistrate Michael Price.

 

Bus driver filmed hundreds of schoolgirls

  • From: AAP
  • May 17, 2012 12:35PM

A BUS driver who used a hidden camera to film up the skirts of hundreds of schoolgirls has appeared in a Sydney court.

Takuya Koaze, 48, has pleaded guilty to three counts of secretly filming people’s private parts to obtain sexual arousal.

He refused to speak to the media when he had his bail continued today at Hornsby Local Court.

Koaze was caught with more than 2500 images of mostly young teenaged girls, who had been photographed without their knowledge.

The images included 530 shots of Sydney girls in school uniform filmed inside the bus.

He also had more than 60 minutes of footage of young schoolgirls, some of whom appear to be as young as 10 or 11, filmed inside the bus, according to police documents.

The images focus on the victims’ legs, buttocks and genital area.

Koaze came to the attention of police after taking a photograph of a woman who had stopped her car beside his bus.

The woman saw the defendant point a camera at her and made a formal complaint.

When authorities examined CCTV footage from the bus they found Koaze had fitted a camera to the lower hinge of the bus door, angled to film up the skirts of female passengers.

Magistrate Tim Keady adjourned the matter for sentencing at the Downing Centre Local Court on May 28.

 

Skirt film bus driver fronts court

  • Peter Bodkin
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • March 07, 2012 10:55AM

AN STA driver who allegedly set up a camera on his bus and filmed up the skirts of schoolgirls has made a brief court appearance on charges of possessing child abuse material.

Takuya Koaze was arrested and charged with numerous voyeurism offences in February after police raided his Willoughby home.

Police allege the 48-year-old, who now lives at Campsie, fitted an upward-facing camera in the floor of an STA bus near the front ticket machine and filmed numerous unsuspecting passengers.

Computers and DVDs were seized at the man’s property and police allegedly found video footage and thousands of indecent images stored on the items.

The pictures dated back up to three years and had been taken in public places including STA buses.

Many of the images allegedly showed young, fully clothed girls, with the camera focussing on their breasts, buttocks and legs.

Koaze appeared briefly in Hornsby Local Court this morning, when he didn’t enter a plea to eight charges of possessing child abuse material and aggravated filming private parts.

The court heard there were “potential medical issues … to explore” before the 48-year-old responded to the accusations.

He rushed out of the court without speaking to reporters wearing a wide hat and sunglasses.

He is next due to appear at Hornsby Local Court on April 4.

 

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