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    Ethan Ferguson

A state Department of Land and Natural Resources enforcement officer was charged by Hawaii island police with five counts of sexual assault on a minor.

Police said the victim reported on Jan. 1 that she was at a beach park in Hilo when Ethan Ferguson, 39, allegedly approached her in uniform and sexually assaulted her.

Ferguson, who lives in Hilo, was arrested on Thursday and charged today with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.

Bail was set at $13,000, and Ferguson remains in custody pending an initial court appearance scheduled for Monday.

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