Honolulu police officer and former University of Hawaii volleyball player Maulia LaBarre pleaded not guilty today in U.S. District Court to five counts of wire fraud.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard L. Puglisi scheduled trial for November and ordered LaBarre released from custody on $25,000 unsecured signature bond. The FBI arrested LaBarre, 34, on Friday.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging LaBarre with committing wire fraud as part of a scheme to deprive the city and Honolulu Police Department of his services as a police officer through bribery. Each of the five charges carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
According to the indictment, LaBarre used his authority as a police officer to access certain computer databases to get information about a woman who had been arrested for prostitution. He then exchanged text messages and telephone calls with the woman, telling her that he is a police officer and that he would arrange to have the arresting officer not show up in court for her case in exchange for sex with him.