POSTED: 11:01 a.m. HST, Apr 23, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 05:05 p.m. HST, Apr 23, 2012
A state judge sentenced this morning a man accused of raping an underage girl and beating up the girl's brother who tried to intervene to five years of probation.
Thomas Kamaka Jr., 43, pleaded no contest to four counts of second-degree sexual assault in February in a plea deal that allowed him to avoid any time behind bars.
Circuit Judge Karen Ahn said she was surprised with the deal but reluctantly went along with it after talking to the prosecutor and asking her to justify the deal.
Deputy City Prosecutor Lisa Demello said the plea deal means the defendant will have to register as a convicted sex offender for the rest of his life and spared the victim, who is younger than 14 years old, from having to see Kamaka again and testify against him in court.