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Bail has been kept at $891,000 for a man accused of sexually assaulting two teens who had been hiking in Hilo.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports 36-year-old Oran Charles Kita made his initial appearance in Hilo District Court Monday. He faces several charges, including sexual assault, terroristic threatening and kidnapping.

Court documents say the alleged victims, ages 17 and 19, told police they had been hiking near Piihonua Bridge on Dec. 22 when they were approached by a man who told them there was a waterfall in the area. They said they were led to a remote area, where the suspect brandished a knife, tied them up and sexually assaulted them.

Both teens identified Kita in separate photographic lineups.

Kita is to appear in court today for a preliminary hearing.

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