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Accused deputy denies knowing assault victim

By Nelson Daranciang

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 15, 2012

~~<p>State Sheriff Deputy Benjamin U. Fonoti said the first time he recalls ever seeing or hearing of the woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her was when investigators showed up at his workplace and showed him her picture.</p>
<p>Fonoti, 30, is on trial in state court for second- and third-degree sexual assault. Fonoti took the witness stand in his own defense Friday. The charges involve sex and sexual contact between a law enforcement officer and a person in custody.</p>
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State Sheriff Deputy Benjamin U. Fonoti said the first time he recalls ever seeing or hearing of the woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her was when investigators showed up at his workplace and showed him her picture.

Fonoti, 30, is on trial in state court for second- and third-degree sexual assault. Fonoti took the witness stand in his own defense Friday. The charges involve sex and sexual contact between a law enforcement officer and a person in custody. Login for more...



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