A 39-year-old Department of Land and Natural Resources enforcement officer, accused of sexually assaulting a girl, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and pleaded not guilty to five counts of sexual assault in Circuit Court in Hilo.
Ethan Ferguson, a Hilo resident, was indicted Jan. 28 on two counts of second-degree sexual assault and three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, and pleaded not guilty Tuesday before Judge Greg Nakamura.
Hawaii County police said the girl reported on Jan. 1 that she was at a beach park in Hilo when Ferguson allegedly approached her in uniform and sexually assaulted her.
Nakamura allowed Ferguson to remain free on $13,000 bond under conditions, including making no contact with the minor, or with her family.
A jury trial is set for June 6.