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Third HPD officer arrested this month

Another Honolulu police officer has been arrested — the third such arrest this month.

Scott J. Valdez, 43, was arrested Sept. 23 for investigation of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and criminal property damage.

Valdez was assigned to the traffic division at the time of the incident. He has since been re-assigned to the central receiving desk, but an HPD spokeswoman said Valdez’s new assignment was not prompted by the investigation. His first Circuit court appearance will be Thursday.            
He is the third police officer to be arrested this month.

On Sept. 16, Lt. Jason K. Kawabata, who works in HPD’s Information Technology Division, was charged with abuse of a family or household member, his wife, who is a sergeant in the Police Department.

Kawabata, 42, is out on bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 30.

A week earlier, John F. Rapozo, assigned to the Narcotics-Vice Division, was charged with fourth-degree theft on Sept. 10 at the Wal-Mart store in Pearl City. Among the items Rapozo is accused of shoplifting is a video game.

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