LIHUE — An inmate at Kauai Community Correctional Center has been indicted on sexual assault charges for a rape he allegedly committed earlier this year while out of prison on a work release program.
A Fifth Circuit grand jury on Wednesday indicted Stephen Kaliko Makanani, age 33, on one count of sexual assault in the first degree for an incident that allegedly took place in August, according to a statement issued by the Kauai Prosecuting Attorney’s office.
Makanani was serving a five-year prison sentence after being convicted of motor vehicle theft in November 2017 — the state had requested a 20-year sentence because the car theft was committed just months after Makanani finished serving a previous five-year term for a number of other charges.
In August 2018, after less than a year in prison, Makanani was allowed to participate in a work furlough program, offered by the Hawaii Department of Public Safety as “an authorized, unescorted, temporary leave of absence from the institution,” intended to provide convicts with opportunities to socialize and prepare for reintigration to society prior to parole.
Makanini’s participation in the program came despite what the prosecuting attorney’s office described as “the state’s strong objection,” due to Makanini’s relatively extensive criminal history.
He has previously been found guilty of nine felonies in five different cases, including convictions for burglary, illegal possession of drug paraphernalia, credit card theft, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information.
Makanani is currently in custody. His bail is set at $500,000.