Michael Terui headed to trial

HONOLULU — A Kauai man is facing federal and state charges after police say he taped himself while sexually assaulting a minor.

According to a four-page indictment filed in the United States District Court for the State of Hawaii, Michael Terui, 37, is facing four counts of sexual exploitation, relating to incidents that occurred between 2008 and 2016.

Terui was arrest Feb. 18 at his Lihue home on two counts of sexual assault. Following his arrest, Terui was booked at police headquarters and released on $100,000 bail.

Terui will be arraigned on those charges on March. 7.

The investigation remains ongoing and Kauai police have reason to believe there could be more victims involved in separate incidents.

Terui pleaded not guilty to the federal indictment’s four counts of sexual exploitation on Feb. 24, said Larry Tong, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice for Hawaii.

According to the indictment, which was returned by a grand jury on Feb. 24, the first count is relating to an incident in 2008.

The indictment reads: “On or about Dec. 22, 2008, Terui did employ, use, persuade, induce, entice and coerce a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct.”

The video was meant to be shipped out of state, according to the indictment.

The second count relates to an incident in September 2010, where Terui is accused of doing the same thing.

The third and fourth counts relate to 2016 occurrences, one in October and one in November, according to the indictment.

On Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin S.C. Chang ordered Terui detained at the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu until his trial. He is set to go to trial on the federal charges April 25.


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