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State of Hawaii v. James Singpiyemal
Maui County Courthouse, Wailuku, Hawaii
Judge: Joseph Cardoza
Court: 2nd Circuit Court, Maui County, Hawaii
Plaintiff's Attorney: Iwalani Gasmen and Kristin Coccaro
Defendant's Attorney: Ben Lowenthal
Description: Wailuku, HI - Jury Finds Former Maui Community Correctional Center Guard Guilty of Sexual Assault
The State of Hawaii charged James Singpiyemal, age 44, with three counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree sexual assault.
The State claimed that Singpiyemal threatened to have the victim's work furlough privileges taken away if she did not have sexual with him.
The victim videoed one of the encounters she had with the Defendant.
Corrections officers may now have sex with inmates under any circumstances because inmates cannot consent to having sex.
Hawaii Second and Third Degree Sexual Assault:
Second-Degree Sexual Assault
Another person to sexual penetration by compulsion
A person who is mentally incapacitated or physically helpless to sexual penetration, or
An imprisoned person, to sexual penetration if the offender is employed in a state or private correctional facility, or as a law enforcement
Third-Degree Sexual Assault
Recklessly subjecting another person to sexual penetration by compulsion.
Someone who is less than 14 years old to sexual contact
A mentally defective, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless person to sexual contact
An imprisoned person to sexual contact if the offender is employed in a state or private correctional facility, or as a law enforcement, or
Another person to sexual contact by strong compulsion
Knowingly engaging in sexual contact with someone who is between 14 and 16 years old, if the offender is at least five years older than the minor and isn't married to the minor.
Outcome: The Defendant was found guilty on one count of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree sexual assault.