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A Lihue man was convicted Friday of five counts of sexual assault in a trial that concluded May 30.
The trial took place in Fifth Circuit Court in Lihue. After deliberating for about six hours, the 12-person panel returned guilty verdicts for Wayne Robyn, age 32. Robyn was foung guilty of one count of sexual assault against a minor under age 14 who was living in his household and four counts of sexual assault in the third degree. The offenses occurred during the summer of 1998.
Sexual assault against a minor under 14 is a Class A felony and requires a sentence of 20 years imprisonment. Third-degree sexual assault is a class C felony with a maximum 5 year sentence.
Testifying in open court with the defendant present was difficult for the victim, but was a crucial piece of the case, the prosecutor’s office said in a written statement. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Russell K. Goo represented the state of Hawaii, and Mark Zenger represented Robyn.
Robyn remains in custody, and has been since his arrest in June 2001. Fifth Circuit Court Judge Clifford Nakea set sentencing for July 31 at 8:30 a.m.
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