Phillips-Hamilton pleads not guilty to sexual assault

LIHU‘E — A 27-year-old man pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting a girl who was under 14 years old.

Koa Phillips-Hamilton faces eight felony counts for alleged offenses that took place between Sept. 1, 2002, and Feb. 14, 2003.

Phillips-Hamilton pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this month before Fifth Circuit Court Chief Judge George Masuoka.

A jury trial is set for June 26.

Phillips-Hamilton was indicted by members of Kaua‘i’s grand jury last month.

According to the three-page indictment, he faces four counts of first-degree sexual assault, and four counts of third-degree sexual assault.

Phillips-Hamilton was arrested March 8, according to the Kaua‘i Police Department arrest log. Bail was set at $80,000.

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