Police arrest alleged breast groper in Bekasi, blame his porn addiction

Denny Hendriato, an alleged breast groper in Bekasi, West Java. Photo: Video screengrab
Denny Hendriato, an alleged breast groper in Bekasi, West Java. Photo: Video screengrab

A man in Bekasi, West Java became the latest sexual assault suspect for allegedly groping the breast of an unsuspecting pedestrian, joining an extensive list of other sexual predators with the same modus operandi in Indonesia.

On Jan. 15, 22-year-old Denny Hendrianto was caught by a CCTV camera committing the crime at a residential area in the Kaliabang sub-district. Footage of the incident, which went viral online, shows Denny initially driving his motorcycle past a 38-year-old woman, who was carrying shopping bags as she was walking home from the market.

Denny then turned his motorcycle around, drove towards the woman and swiftly groped her breast before driving away, leaving his victim frozen in place.

The Jakarta Metro Police arrested Denny on Jan. 17 and charged him with sexual assault and immoral action, which could see him imprisoned for up to nine years.

“The suspect often watched pornographic videos at home or on his phone. That was the basis of his motivation to commit the crime,” Jakarta Metro Police spokesman Yusri Yunus told reporters yesterday, as quoted by Kompas.

To the police, Denny confessed to groping his victim and that he had groped five other women before. 

Despite the criminal charges against him, police said that Denny will undergo a mental health assessment, which may or may not be used in his defense.

Azriana R Manalu, a women’s rights activist, pointed out that Denny’s latest victim wore the hijab and a loose-fitting garment, which proved that sexual assault could happen to any woman regardless of how they dress.

“So what we must fix is not the way victims dress, but the culprit’s brain,” she told Kompas.

Lone pedestrians have been the target of one too many breast gropings in Indonesia. Last month, police in Depok, West Java arrested a 35-year-old man for committing the crime, which he said was done to “satisfy his urge.

In August of last year, a man was sentenced to one year in prison (even though prosecutors only demanded four months) after he was found guilty of groping a woman’s breasts and driving away on his motorcycle. Like Denny, he too was arrested after he was identified in CCTV footage.

In an interview with Coconuts, his victim said that despite the arrest, she was dissatisfied with the police because they had only taken action after she decided to share the CCTV video of herself being assaulted, which quickly went viral online.


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