Michael Terui faces federal, state charges

LIHUE — A man accused of sexually assaulting a minor pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Michael Terui, who is facing federal and state charges, appeared before Judge Kathleen Watanabe via a video conference from the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu to be arraigned on two counts of sexual assault in the third degree.

The Lihue man was arrested in his home on Feb. 18. He was released on a $100,000 bail.

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

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

According to the indictment, which was returned by a grand jury on Feb. 24, Terui video taped a minor with the purpose of sending it out of state.

The first count relates an incident in 2008. The second, to an occurrence in 2010. The third and fourth counts relate to incidents in 2016, one in October and one in November.

He is set to go to trial on the federal charges April 25.

On Tuesday, Watanabe set the trial for Terui’s state charges for July 10.


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