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Arraignment held for HPD officer accused of sex assault

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A state judge set a trial date in February for a Honolulu police officer charged with sexually assaulting a woman this past summer.

Nicholas K.H. Masagatani pleaded not guilty in state Circuit Court Monday to two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one of attempted fourth-degree assault. The 30-year-old officer remains free on $20,000.

Masagatani and his lawyer left the courtroom without comment.

The state says the eight-year police veteran sexually assaulted a woman in his Pauoa home on Aug. 2.

The woman immediately filed a complaint and police arrested Masagatani at his home that same day.

The Honolulu Police Department says it took away Masagatani’s police powers and put him on restricted duty following his arrest.

Trial of another HPD officer charged with sexual assault is scheduled for next month.

Kramer Jay Sueki Aoki, 35, is accused of grabbing the breast of an underage girl in custody while he was on duty.

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