Prosecutor objects to release of sex assault suspect

County Prosecutor Kelden Waltjen reported Wednesday his workplace will file a motion requesting reconsideration of

County Prosecutor Kelden Waltjen reported Wednesday his workplace will file a motion requesting reconsideration of a judge’s order to grant court-supervised release with no monetary bail to a defendant in a felony sexual assault case.

Hilo Circuit Decide Henry Nakamoto on Tuesday granted a movement by Deputy Community Defender Zachary Wingert to cost-free 44-year-aged Sony O. Raymond of Kurtistown more than the objection of Deputy Prosecutor Suzanna Tiapula.

Raymond is billed with second-degree sexual assault, which is defined as knowingly subjecting another human being to an act of sexual penetration by compulsion. The offense is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 decades imprisonment on conviction.

According to court docket documents submitted by police, on June 5 at about 11:30 a.m., a 25-calendar year-outdated Hilo lady documented a person came to her dwelling to search at a auto parked in her yard.

Documents state the male, who identified himself as “Ray,” explained to the woman he was “a healer” and that her back was misaligned.

The female stated she gave Ray authorization to massage her although in the garden, but that he crouched in advance of her and thrust his thumb up her shorts and underwear and penetrated her.

The girl slapped the man’s hand, triggering him to pull back and notified police, in accordance to files.

While law enforcement interviewed the female, paperwork point out, she pointed to a passing vehicle and exclaimed, “That’s him!”

Law enforcement performed a targeted visitors stop on the auto and arrested Raymond, in accordance to documents.

The woman, a roommate and yet another witness all recognized Raymond as the guy in the lawn, documents point out.

Raymond had been in custody given that his arrest, unable to put up $25,000 bail. Prosecutors set bail substantial for the reason that of the mother nature of the alleged incidence and the “serious risk” that Raymond “may endeavor to intimidate, get hold of or injure the victim and witness” due to the fact he is familiar with where by they live, according to files.

Raymond, who Wingert said is in negotiations for a plea deal, is scheduled to begin demo on Nov. 8.

But the demo — if it takes place — will be later for the reason that condition Main Justice Mark Recktenwald on Wednesday postponed the commence of all jury trials in Hawaii to Nov. 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trials ended up to have resumed on Oct. 4.

The Tribune-Herald does not recognize sexual assault victims except they pick to go community.

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