Not-guilty plea entered in sex-assault case

LIHU’E — A 34-year-old man pleaded not guilty to five counts of sexually assaulting two children under the age of 14.

Salvin Hilario appeared before Fifth Circuit Court Chief Judge George Masuoka recently and pleaded not guilty to the felony counts.

He was indicted by a Kaua’i grand jury in the middle of last month.

According to the three-page indictment, Hilario faces two counts of allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with a minor male between Sept. 24, 1998 and June 4, 2004.

He faces two counts of allegedly having improper sexual contact with a minor female, between Jan. 1, 2000, and June 4, 2004.

Hilario is being held on $25,000 bail.

If convicted on all counts, Hilario faces a maximum of 25 years in prison.

According to last Wednesday’s Kaua’i Police Department arrest log, Hilario was arrested at 12:05 p.m. According to the arrest log, Hilario lives in Kapa’a.

He is scheduled to go to trial on Feb. 6, 2006.

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