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UH-Manoa student charged in sex assault case is released on bail

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    Kasen Kunishima-Takushi, 20, the former Pacific University football player, appeared in court with his defense attorney Randall Hironaka before Judge Collete Garibaldi on Oct. 6.

A 20-year-old Mililani man charged with rape of a student in Oregon is free after posting bail.

Kasen Kunishima-Takushi recently pleaded not guilty at Washington County Circuit Court in Oregon to charges of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of fourth-degree assault.

He was released after he posted $52,000 via bond of his $520,000 bail. A pre-trial hearing is set for Nov. 14 where his attorney will offer a plea, according to Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKay.

The assaults occurred between Sept. 1, 2015 and Nov. 20, 2015 in Washington County. Forest Grove police said a female student reported three assaults that occurred on and off campus last November.

Kunishima-Takushi was a student at Pacific University in Oregon for the 2014-2015 academic year and for the first two months of the 2015-2016 year.

The woman reported the alleged attacks to police in late November. By that time, Kunishima-Takushi had returned to Hawaii.

On Oct. 4, he was arrested at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for extradition to Oregon. Kunishima-Takushi is currently a freshman at UH-Manoa.

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    • If you watch Law and Order SVU, they mention many times the victim is so mentally distraught, including embrassmen, fear, shamet that they might tell only their close friends but not actually make an official report to the police until much later. Police and the prosecution will consider whether the alleged victim made statements about the alleged abuse and/or rapes to friends and whether the victim got medically treated and they can document physical or other trauma to the victim, regardless if the alleged victim contacted the police.

  • Innocent until proven guilty. But if the evidence is strong against him and he is found guilty, this Mid Pac grad (was mentioned in the last news story) needs to spend serious jail time in an Oregon prison. If he was tried in Hawaii, doubt he would get any prison time if he was convicted but don’t know about Oregon.

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