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Cecilio Rodriguez released early because of jail overcrowding

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 10:10 a.m. HST, Aug 29, 2012

Entertainer Cecililo Rodriguez is a free man again after serving nearly five months in a Los Angeles County jail for molesting two young girls.

Rodriguez, 67, was given a sentence of one-year in prison and five years probation in January after pleading no contest to sexually molesting two sisters in 1998 and 1999 in Los Angeles.

He began serving his jail time on March 9 in the Los Angeles County Jail with a projected release date of Aug. 28.

However, Rodriguez was released early on July 17 because of the crowded conditions in the county jail, a spokesperson said.

Rodriguez is now on parole for five years and has to attend a 52-week sexual offender counseling course. He also has to register as a sex offender. If he violates his parole, he faces completing a six-year suspended prison term.

Rodriguez, once part of the musical duo known as Cecilio & Kapono, pleaded no contest in January to sexually molesting the first victim between 1996 and 1998, and sexually molesting her sister between 1997 and 1999.

Rodriguez was on tour at the various times of the assaults and staying with the girls' family in their Carson home. One victim, now 21, was between 7 and 8 years old at the time of the assault and her sister, now 23, was between 8 and 9 years old when she was sexually molested. Under California law, charges may be filed for felony sex crimes committed against victims younger than 18 who come forward before their 28th birthday.

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loquaciousone wrote:
Must be his driver's license picture.
on August 29,2012 | 08:13AM
joewilly wrote:
I still have a hard time believing Henry Kapono knew nothing of his friend for over thirty years. You can bet he never let him babysit his kids.He could have done SOMETHING to help his friend, much less those girls. Weak!!!!
on August 29,2012 | 09:43AM
allie wrote:
Henry is a millionaire living in Portlock hon.
on August 29,2012 | 10:23AM
joewilly wrote:
That's a poor excuse for looking the other way all these years. Can you spell Joe Paterno.
on August 29,2012 | 10:30AM
allie wrote:
good point
on August 29,2012 | 12:45PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Wow, what a Totally Thoughtless comment. I am sure Henry and his family really appreciate you broadcasting his financial status and the location of he and his family's residence. You are some piece of work. Idiocy has no limits, and you have clearly proven that.
on August 30,2012 | 03:19AM
copperwire9 wrote:
It's interesting to me that you're assigning responsibility to Kapono when Rodriguez was the offender. Given a choice as to whom I'd call "weak" between those two individuals, it wouldn't be Henry Kapono.
on August 29,2012 | 12:38PM
clum56 wrote:
I agree, Henry had nothing to do with Cecilio's personal life. He did it to himself.
on August 30,2012 | 03:37AM
bowlsrite wrote:
just like penn state football program.
on August 29,2012 | 12:41PM
kailuabred wrote:
Wrong. They had a close working relationship, but not a personal one
on August 29,2012 | 04:45PM
kailuabred wrote:
Henry and Cecilio were never that close. It was a business relationship
on August 29,2012 | 04:44PM
syhud wrote:
Joe Paterno syndrome.
on August 29,2012 | 07:31PM
dalawyer wrote:
"We are Friends", Cecilio not that kind of friend! Wow, he really looks creepy!
on August 29,2012 | 08:16AM
lee1957 wrote:
Perhaps he penned a sequel in the slammer?
on August 29,2012 | 12:09PM
hanoz808 wrote:
super creepy
on August 29,2012 | 01:45PM
Grimbold wrote:
Did drugs change him to be so bad? Musicians die a lot of drugs or ruin their lifes.
on August 29,2012 | 04:01PM
dalawyer wrote:
SA check your spelling and grammar before posting!
on August 29,2012 | 08:19AM
fandm wrote:
You caught the "six offender" too, huh? Almost EVERY breaking news article has spelling and grammarical errors...its SO ANNOYING from a "credible" news source..
on August 29,2012 | 08:29AM
allie wrote:
Bring him to Hawaii to be welcomed by the tax payers. It is what old man Abs wants
on August 29,2012 | 08:19AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Looking good, Cecilio.

Feeling good, man.

on August 29,2012 | 08:26AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I look like that after drinking too much beer the night before.
on August 29,2012 | 08:47AM
allie wrote:
on August 29,2012 | 10:24AM
fandm wrote:
Disgusting that a mulitple sex offender gets yet another slap on the wrist
on August 29,2012 | 08:30AM
mutsrus wrote:
The justice system treats our kids like second class citizens when it come to sentencing child sex offenders. Even though many of them have been sexually abused for many years the offenders get off with light sentences.
on August 29,2012 | 01:13PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Man, he sure looks the part.
on August 29,2012 | 08:36AM
droid wrote:
Wow Star-Advertiser sure dropped the ball on this one. They ASSumed Rodriguez would not be released on August 28, and thus did not check with the prison until August 28. Better late then never, I suppose!
on August 29,2012 | 08:50AM
dlum003 wrote:
what a pig
on August 29,2012 | 09:12AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Five months? But he did pay a big price in losing his career and being punished for life with sex offender registration. Sex offender registration IS a form of punishment and can be considered cruel and unusual punishment like in the olden days when women had to wear a scarlet letter on their dress.
on August 29,2012 | 09:23AM
bowlsrite wrote:
he got off easy. it's the sisters who paid the big price.
on August 29,2012 | 12:45PM
Living_Large wrote:
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on August 29,2012 | 09:41AM
silvangold wrote:
. Probably not once as HE was the one doing the molesting........
on August 29,2012 | 12:29PM
Living_Large wrote:
I'm sure some bull found him interesting enough to play with.
on August 29,2012 | 03:42PM
HOPHAT wrote:
It's very sad that we live in a world full of sick people.
on August 29,2012 | 09:51AM
kailua000 wrote:
as an entertainer, I liked him so much. But really? This is why little children are not safe. He needs to be on house arrest.
on August 29,2012 | 10:11AM
Kaleo744 wrote:
I have known "C" for many years and yes as a fellow entertainer I was really let down when the news of his first arrest happen a few years back. I hope that Henry will help his performing partner in getting the needed help...Plain and simple he really screwed up his life .I can say this on the good side, he is one hell of a writer and composer. Its a real sad day for the music of the islands that he had contributed too in so many ways. But sadly the music is silent...I hope he doesnt do anything drastic.....cant blame the public on why they hurt and feel betrayed.. Get the help "C"...
on August 29,2012 | 10:51AM
joewilly wrote:
Why didn't Henry help him before? Did C not want help? Did Henry give up in disgust? I tend to think Henry looked the other way because of money. While he was molesting, they were still performing as a duo, all over the islands and the mainland. It stinks. Henry is, "the elephant in the room"that no one wants to address.
on August 29,2012 | 11:27AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Can C & k get back together again from time to time and make new magic?
on August 29,2012 | 11:34AM
joewilly wrote:
Yes!! A benefit for the UH athletic department.
on August 29,2012 | 11:53AM
inverse wrote:
Great idea! Lets give C and K each a check for $100K upfront with no strings attached to perform a benefit concert and lets see if they can make at least $1 million that will be needed to cover the Wonder blunder (cost for lawyers and Donovan's "pretend" job, etc.). However I hope on the night of the concert C shows up instead of skipping town for an extended "vacation" in Thailand.
on August 29,2012 | 12:41PM
allie wrote:
Let him replace Stevie Wonder!
on August 29,2012 | 12:47PM
Mahalo wrote:
Why is this about Henry.. Do you see him convicted of molestation? NO this isn't his fault... conviction by association is wrong. Just because Henry went on to be alittle more succesful doesn't mean its his job to bail him out. Place blame where blame is Cecililo likes little kids!
on August 29,2012 | 03:20PM
kailuabred wrote:
You are absolutely clueless on this matter
on August 29,2012 | 04:47PM
allie wrote:
well said
on August 29,2012 | 12:47PM
daniwitz13 wrote:
Wow, again as usual the punishment squad is running amok. Any one of you could very well have someone from your past, rightly or wrongly say you molested them 20 years ago. With no real proof except their word, what would YOU do? The way our Courts and Jury work, they believe the Child. Her word against YOUR word, YOU lose. For a lesser sentence YOU plead no contest and serve YOUR time and REGISTRY, guilty or not. Here they even punish Henry and talk disparagingly against him, which again could be YOU not helping something that no one knows or even innocent of. You all say things like you watched it happen yourself. Pity.
on August 29,2012 | 11:56AM
joewilly wrote:
Ask Henry if he let C babysit his own kids. Don't be so naive. We saw the same show with Paterno and Penn State. I like Henry, I still go and see him at Dukes. Mutual friends must have told Henry on the side about his friend of 30 years. I pity you for being so naive.
on August 29,2012 | 12:26PM
daniwitz13 wrote:
Being naive is believing that there is still good in people. While YOU without fault have hate and punishment in your heart, if you actually have one. Hope one of your kids (if you have any) do not EVER make a mistake. You go to his shows, ask him directly, not what someone MUST have told him. It's naive to say it otherwise. Pity.
on August 29,2012 | 05:46PM
inverse wrote:
Do a little internet research before making comments like this. Cecilio's conviction in California was NOT the first time he was up for charges molestation charges. Prior to his California conviction, he pleaded no contest to a se xual assault charge of a minor in Hawaii county. The guy is a SERIAL child molester and given the opportunity will do it again.
on August 29,2012 | 12:56PM
daniwitz13 wrote:
if one is to do research on every story that come out, One would not have time to comment. One comments on the story as written. With facts or without, one comments on what the reporter writes. One does NOT go down to the Police station to get all the facts before they comment like you do. Pity.
on August 29,2012 | 05:54PM
inverse wrote:
Neither you or I need pity. What is needed is for society to be proactive in PROTECTING our children from serial molesters like Cecilio. Like Sandusky associated with football success, Cecilio and Kapono made great music that will stand the test of time, HOWEVER people need to separate the man Cecilio from his music, who has some serious documented pedophilia issues for which he needs to be held accountable. I have C&K music on my smartphone but demand that he be incarcerated or be under a long term and comprehensive se x offender program, paid for with his own money or from his close supporters.
on August 29,2012 | 11:38PM
hawaiifivo wrote:
His music sucks anyway
on August 29,2012 | 12:13PM
kailuabred wrote:
so do you
on August 29,2012 | 04:50PM
willman wrote:
This is not the last time that we will hear about this guy. I do not think that he can help himself.
on August 29,2012 | 12:23PM
onemorebeer wrote:
crowded conditions? is that the best excuse for letting go these people. there is so much open land, put um in tents in the open field with tons of barb wire and security around them so they cannot escape. come on, the military mobilizes thousands of troops around the world and make living quarters in days. why cant the justice system do that? instead of letting these creeps run free because its overcrowded.
on August 29,2012 | 12:53PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Or just whack off da allahs. That wouls low him down too.
on August 29,2012 | 03:03PM
hanoz808 wrote:
super creppy pic....def looks the part of an offender
on August 29,2012 | 01:46PM
rpb96734 wrote:
He's disgusting.
on August 29,2012 | 01:58PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
He was released when he reusd to share a cell with Lindsay Lohan. "I have some standards", he told reporters.
on August 29,2012 | 03:01PM
Mallory wrote:
loser big time! not playing C&K songs anymore. Sicko
on August 29,2012 | 03:11PM
kailuabred wrote:
how stupid
on August 29,2012 | 04:51PM
Mahalo wrote:
A great Music Talent.. But I hope they leave the pedifile in California and lkeep our Hawaii Keiki safe
on August 29,2012 | 03:13PM
HD36 wrote:
I told my brother to tell his wife to keep a close eye on his 15 year old daughter when they're in LA for her beauty contest. The State is bankrupt from overspending and government entitlements, so it has to let out prisoners early. He was lucky to only get 1 year for molesting kids, but to get out after only 6 months tells me the economy is falling apart. Many more are in jail and they ran out of money to take care of them. Shouldn't we in Hawaii take notice and make sure we have the funds to house many more prisoners if the crime rate goes up because the economy falls again? Frankly I don't think it ever recovered, but if you want to rely on government statistics, then go ahead. Just remember right before the housing crash in 2008, Ben Bernacke of the Federal Reserve Bank said there was no conceivable way he could see a housing crash. Hawaii is so far one of the safest places in the US as far as violent crime. Partly it's because we live on an Island and it's too hard to get away and partly it's because we don't have as much gangs and drugs, but these elements thrive in a recession or depression and we need the money to employ more cops if need be, and build more prison space.
on August 29,2012 | 08:44PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Fantastic, Awesome, Lucky we live Hawaii. Now let's not stop with Cecilio, let's let out all the Ice, Meth Murderers. Release more Child Molestors, Release all the Bank Robbers. They deserve a chance to rob more Banks and maybe kill some Bank Tellers, innocent bystanders, and maybe a Police Officer or two. That will create more Room in Hawaii's jails for the Serious Criminals like Jaywalkers, People that don't pay the Bus fare, and really Hardended Criminals likes the repeat offenders that steal beer from ABC Stores. Friggin Incredible Hawaii is, Just Sickening.
on August 30,2012 | 03:17AM
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