Police captain charged with sexual assault
Maui Police Department Capt. Stephen Orikasa is facing a misdemeanor sexual assault charge for allegedly inappropriately touching a female detective at work, according to a complaint filed Thursday morning in Wailuku District Court.
The complaint alleges that Orikasa touched the woman’s buttocks without her consent between June
16 and 30. At the time,
Orikasa was commander of the Criminal Investigation Division, where the detective worked.
Orikasa’s attorney, David Sereno, said Orikasa would plead not guilty to the fourthdegree sexual assault charge.
“We are intending to fight it,” Sereno said Thursday. “He wants to get in there and show he’s not guilty of these things. He’s adamant about it.”
Police said the detective reported the incident in August.
“Upon receiving the complaint, the department immediately separated the two, and the detective voluntarily relocated to the Kihei Station,” while Orikasa continued working at the Wailuku Police Station, police said.
“After the prosecutor’s office confirmed they would pursue the case, the captain was temporarily relieved of his command and reassigned to the Kihei station and the detective returned to the Wailuku Station,” police said.
Following standard procedure, an internal investigation was launched once the criminal case was received, police said. The internal investigation, which is separate from the criminal case, is ongoing, police said.
Orikasa is a 26-year department veteran who began his police career in 1991. He was promoted to captain in 2014 and was commander of the Kihei Patrol District before being assigned to head the Criminal Investigation Division this year.