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Police arrest city employee in transgender sexual assault case

  • COURTESY HONOLULU POLICE DEPARTMENT

    Harold Villanueva, Jr., 47, was charged with fourth degree sexual assault Tuesday.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Transgender Makana Milho, 21, wiped away a tear in the law office of Myles Breiner on Monday. Honolulu police have arrested a city worker, who was allegedly depicted on live video late last week propositioning Milho for sexual favors.

Honolulu police have arrested a city worker, who was allegedly depicted on live video late last week propositioning a transgender probationer for sexual favors.

Police arrested Harold Villanueva Jr., 47, on a charge of fourth-degree sex assault at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Villanueva appeared in court this morning. His bail was set at $500.

Police began investigating Villanueva after Makana Milho, 21, secretly recorded and posted live to Facebook Friday approximately 30 minutes of conversations that she alleges were between her and the city worker who was supervising her court-ordered community service.

Milho, who is on probation, had been ordered to complete six days of community service to get a theft charge expunged from her record. She said her fifth day was interrupted when the work-site supervisor acted inappropriately.

One of the videos went viral, and by Monday afternoon already had garnered 197,000 Facebook views, 2,042 shares and 1,350 comments. Two others received thousands of views and hundreds of comments.

In the viral video a man can be heard telling Milho that she can go home early if she will perform sexual favors. Milho, who is represented by Honolulu attorney Myles Breiner, also alleges that the man tried to hold her hand and pinched and slapped her buttocks while she was cleaning park bathrooms.

Breiner said he was advocating for Milho because the judicial system often fails to take seriously sex assault reports from transgender individuals.

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