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Woman will receive $20,000 from ex-officer in civil suit

By Associated Press


A former Maui police officer who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in 2008 has agreed to pay her $20,000 to settle a civil lawsuit.

Kristopher Galon told a magistrate judge in federal court Friday that he will mail a certified or cashier's check to Cades Schutte LLP, the Honolulu law firm representing the woman.

According to a plea agreement in Galon's criminal case, he picked the woman up in his police car after she was released from a Lahaina police cell and sexually assaulted her. He was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for extorting sex from her and stealing $1,500 from a driver during a traffic stop.

The woman filed a civil suit against Maui County, the police department, Galon and others. She recently won a $200,000 settlement from the county.

Another former officer was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for stealing $500 from her that night.

The Associated Press does not typically name victims of sexual assault.

Galon, who is representing himself, and the woman's attorney, Jeffrey Portnoy, participated in the settlement hearing by telephone.

Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren said he will dismiss the case once the payment is made. He gave Galon 60 days to pay. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 26 — or sooner if Galon pays before the deadline — to confirm the case has been resolved.

"No amount of money will ever compensate her for what happened that night," Portnoy said in an email after the brief hearing.


Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press

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Grimbold wrote:
Travesty of justice: Maui County =the taxpayers who did nothing wrong must pay @200thousand. The criminal who is responsible pays only $20 thousand. Lawyer fleece who they can. terrible. And seems like the woman was a ...pst.
on December 28,2013 | 03:53AM
ehrhornp wrote:
$200,000 from the county seems ridiculously low. Sexually asserted by a police officer who is supposed to be protecting her? She should have been awarded 2 million and that officer sent to jail for life.
on December 28,2013 | 05:33AM
soundofreason wrote:
Agreed. If somebody harms an officer while an officer is just doing their job, I expect them to be punished more harshly than others. Conversely, if an officer violates the law, THEY should be made example of via HARSHER sentences. NOT kid glove sentences "because they were a cop". Just the opposite.
on December 28,2013 | 06:43AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Sexually assaulting someone under color of authority should carry consequences far greater than the general populace. This crooked cop basically got off with a mere slap on the wrist. His punishment is extraordinarily lenient. I submit that if he were not a cop, the punishment meted out would have been more severe. What a crock.
on December 28,2013 | 07:50AM
soundofreason wrote:
The authorities granted his greater than norm authority - SAME authorities should grant his greater than norm sentence.
on December 28,2013 | 10:41AM
808noelani wrote:
It seems like getting sexually assaulted by a government employee is better than one that is not as there is a better chance of getting huge monetary awards. Usually sexual assault or rape victims by non-government employees get nothing and the assailant just goes to jail.
on December 28,2013 | 11:40AM
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