Assault suspect set to go to trial

LIHUE — A man charged with 30 counts of sexual assault is preparing for trial.

Tarey Low, who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor for seven years, appeared before Judge Kathleen Watanabe recently for a status of counsel hearing.

During the proceedings, he told Watanabe he plans to use the services of Thomas Otake, a Honolulu-based attorney. Michael Soong was Low’s original attorney, but he has since withdrawn his services.

Low, who lives in Kapaa, is a former Kauai Police Department and state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officer. He is said to have allegedly sexually assaulted a female minor from June 29, 2007 through Feb. 14, 2014, according to a 13-page indictment.

Four of the charges are sexual assault in the third degree and the rest of the counts are sexual assault in the first degree.

He started as a DLNR DOCARE officer on April 2, 1990. He became the Kauai district DLNR DOCARE manager in November 2001 and retired on June 1, 2009.

Low served with the KPD during the 1980s.

He is set to go to trial on April 3.

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