Man faces assault charge

LIHUE — A Kilauea man who is accused of allegedly choking, slapping and sexually assaulting a woman he met at bar pleaded not guilty Tuesday before a Kauai judge.

Prosecutors said Dylan River James allegedly met up with a woman who was visiting Kauai on vacation in 2015. He allegedly gave the woman his phone number and “chased her out of a bar,” prosecutors said.

James, who was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month, is charged with five counts of first-degree sexual assault for two separate incidents, which occurred in the early morning hours of July 2, 2015, prosecutors said.

The woman suffered injuries.

James appeared before Fifth Circuit Court Judge Randal Valenciano Tuesday and asked that oral reading of the sexual assault charges be waived. He pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial.

His bail, which had been set at $50,000, was posted prior to his arraignment this week.

James retained defense attorney Craig De Costa.

The trial was originally set for Nov. 14, but James waived his right to a speedy trial. James’ trial is now set for Dec. 5.

James has no prior record.

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