Po­lice cap­tain charged with sex­ual as­sault

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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.

Stephen Orikasa

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