Kona man fit to stand trial for sex assault of student

Justin Mariano appears at a mental fitness hearing in 2020. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file photo)

A 21-year-old Kona man indicted in 2019 for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor on the grounds of a South Kona public school and subsequently indicted in connection with two later, unrelated sex assaults was found fit to stand trial after spending over two years at the Hawaii State Hospital.