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17-year-old charged in alleged rape in Kona

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii County prosecutors are charging a 17-year-old boy as an adult in the reported rape of a woman at Old Kona Airport Park in September 2016.

Tyron Sigrah pleaded not guilty Wednesday to multiple felony counts.

According to police, at 8:35 p.m. Sept. 3, 2016, two boys allegedly approached a woman then punched and sexually assaulted her. Police said the boys reportedly fled when confronted by an unidentified person.

Police arrested one suspect, a 15-year-old boy, the next day. He was later released into his parents’ custody.

Court documents filed Nov. 24 indicate Sigrah, as a principal and/or accomplice, knowingly subjected another person to an act of sexual penetration by strong compulsion.

Sigrah faces three counts of first-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, kidnapping, second-degree robbery, first-degree terroristic threatening and third-degree sexual assault. The Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today do not name minors who are suspects in criminal cases unless they are charged as adults.

A jury trial is set for April.

Deputy Prosecutor Sheri Lawson would not comment about possible co-defendants in the case.

Lawson said the case was filed in juvenile court in August or September of this year, after which she filed paperwork to move the case to Circuit Court, where Sigrah would be tried as an adult.

On Nov. 24, 3rd Circuit Court Judge Robert Kim granted a waiver of jurisdiction to move the case to the 3rd Circuit and Sigrah was taken into custody, with bail set at $25,000.

Sigrah has since bailed out.

The prosecutor’s office was unable to comment about the case until now because the defendant is a juvenile. Lawson said very rarely does the state seek a waiver. But when it does, it take its obligation to the law seriously and won’t talk about cases until a judge rules to move the case to Circuit Court.

“Our hands are tied because of the age of the defendant,” Lawson said.

On Nov. 29, the 17-year-old appeared before Kona District Judge Margaret Masunaga for a preliminary hearing. Witnesses, including the female victim, testified. The Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today do not identify sexual assault victims unless they choose to go public.

After the hearing, Masunaga found there was probable cause to continue the case to Circuit Court for further proceedings.

“We’ve taken this case very seriously,” Lawson said. “The jury will determine the guilt or innocence of the defendant.”

Hawaii Police Department Maj. Robert Wagner said Wednesday he is happy the case is moving forward.

The charges Sigrah faces are four Class A felonies, three Class C felonies and one Class B felony. A Class A felony is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment upon conviction without the possibility of suspension of sentence or probation.

Email Tiffany DeMasters at tdemasters@westhawaiitoday.com.

 

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