4 charged with sexual assault of young girls, woman, 68

LIHU’E – Three Kaua’i men are in jail awaiting trial on separate charges of

sexually assaulting under-age girls. A fourth man, charged with burglary,

kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 68-year-old woman, is free on bail.

Steven Inanod Jr., 26, of Hanama’ulu was arrested Monday on 20 counts of

sexual assault in the first degree and 15 counts of sexual assault in the third

degree in connection with the attack in his home of a minor girl. The

incidents allegedly began in 1996 and continued until January of this

year.

Inanod also has been charged with one count of continuous sexual

assault of a minor under the age of 14, and 12 counts of sexual assault in the

third degree for allegedly attacking another minor girl at his home last

year.

The Hanama’ulu man was indicted on criminal charges by a Kaua’i grand

jury on March 20, according to Deputy Prosecutor Shaylene

Iseri-Carvalho.

Inanod was arrested after both victims told a family member

who contacted the Kaua’i police.

Represented at an arraignment in Circuit

Court on Tuesday by Deputy Public Ed Acoba, Inanod pleaded not guilty to both

sets of charges.

He has been confined to the Kaua’i Community Correctional

Center after he failed to post a total of $140,000 in bonds.

His trial has

been scheduled for June 26 in Circuit Court.

A Waimea man, David Somers,

48, was arrested March 23 on five counts of sexual assault in the third degree,

burglary and kidnapping.

The charges stem from an alleged attack on Nov. 11

of a 68-year-old woman in her Makaweli home.

Kaua’i police started an

investigation after the victim reported the assault. She told investigators

that she delayed making a complaint because she feared for her safety,

Iseri-Carvalho said.

Somers was indicted by a Kaua’i grand jury on March

20 and arrested.

Represented by Kaua’i attorney Peter Morimoto, Somers

pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on March 23. He was freed after

posting $60,000 bail.

Romeo C. Garcia, 28, Lihu’e, was arrested March 24 on

five counts of sexual assault in the third degree, two sexual assault counts in

the first degree, five attempted sexual assault counts in the third degree and

three counts of harassment.

The charges arose from the alleged attack of a

minor at a home in Hanama’ulu last year.

Garcia pleaded not guilty during

an arraignment in Circuit Court on Tuesday. He was represented by Acoba at the

hearing. Garcia was indicted by a Kaua’i grand jury on March 20. He was

arrested after the victim told a family member who contacted the Kaua’i

police.

Garcia failed to post $30,000 bail and is being held at KCCC. His

trial is set for June 26 in Circuit Court.

A 62-year-old Kapa’a man,

Pacifico Claro, was arrested March 22 on four counts of sexual assault in the

first degree.

The charges arose from a complaint from a minor girl that

Claro attacked her between 1997 and 1998.

Claro pleaded not guilty during

his arraignment in Circuit Court on Tuesday. Acoba represented Claro at the

hearing. Claro failed to post $50,000 bail and has been confined to KCCC. A

Circuit Court trial has been scheduled on July 3.

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