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Tarey Low is charged with over 30 counts of sexual assault

LIHUE — A man ordered to be arrested Monday for not showing up for trial was told he didn’t have to attend the proceedings.

That’s according to Alan Okamoto, who was standing in for Thomas Otake, Tarey Low’s lawyer.

“Mr. Otake apologizes to this court,” Okamoto said. “Based on discussions at the pretrial conference, he told his client not to be here.”

Before Monday’s proceedings, lawyers agreed the trial would be continued.

Low appeared before Judge Kathleen Watanabe on Wednesday on over 30 counts of sexual assault to discuss the bench warrant issued for his arrest and a motion to continue his trial.

“The parties agreed on a trial week of Aug. 7, so we ask the court honor that trial week and recall the bench warrant,” Okamoto said.

Low, who lives in Kapaa, is a former Kauai Police Department officer 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 in the 1980s.

Watanabe set a trial date of Aug. 21.

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