Honolulu police this afternoon arrested a fellow officer on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault after issuing a public plea for help in locating him.
Police arrested Officer Jessie Laconsay at about 1 p.m. in the Mokuleia area and taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Laconsay, who has been with the department for 10 years, is now on leave without pay, a police spokeswoman said.
Earlier today the Honolulu Police Department issued a photo of the officer and a news release asking the public’s help in finding Laconsay, whom police said is a suspect in a sex assault investigation.
The arrest comes as the department has been under fire for its handling of domestic violence incidents involving officers and its chief is under investigation for alleged civil rights abuses.
“Sadly, it’s a continuation of incidents and problems and crimes involving our county law enforcement officers, and it seems like the Honolulu Police Department needs a change in leadership,” said state Sen. Will Espero, a Democrat. “It’s quite appalling.”
In recent months, a grand jury began looking into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption within the agency.
The department also came under scrutiny this year when Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha sought to promote a major who had been arrested in 1994 for domestic violence. The major later declined the promotion.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell recently appointed an attorney involved in anti-domestic violence work to serve on the Honolulu Police Commission. Loretta Ann Sheehan, the appointee, said she intends to work toward improving public confidence in the department.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.