A 37-year-old Puna man was charged Friday with nine counts of sexually assaulting a minor, Hawaii County police announced today.
Police charged Paul Banasihan Jr. of Keaau with six counts of sexual assault and three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.
The girl reported that a male staff member of a youth program removed her from her classroom and took her to his personal vehicle and sexually assaulted her.
Banasihan posted $66,000 bail on April 20.
He is scheduled to appear in South Hilo District Court 1:30 p.m. on May 15.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Fetuutuunai Amiuimuia at 961-2276 or Fetuutuunai.Amuimuia@hawaiicounty.gov
Or call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 to leave an anonymous tip.