RICHARD WALKER / RWALKER@STARBULLETIN.COM
Mitsu-Ken Catering at 1223 N. School St., renowned for its garlic chicken, was closed for business yesterday. Both of the eatery's owners have gotten into legal trouble in the past week.
Eatery co-owner held in sex attack
A Mitsu-Ken proprietor allegedly went online to find a boy who later was molested
The owner of a popular Japanese delicatessen is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail after being charged with using a MySpace.com account to sexually abuse a boy who was 14 years old at the time.
Lyle Mitsugi Nonaka, 50, was charged Friday night with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, three counts of third-degree sexual assault and a child abuse count.
Nonaka is the co-owner of Mitsu-Ken Catering on School Street. A sign on the popular take-out restaurant says it is closed until Thursday.
According to court documents, the victim, who is now 15 years old, received a "friend request" on MySpace.com from a girl named "Shayna" in September.
The boy took a nude photo of himself using his cell phone at "Shayna's" request, according to a police affidavit. "Shayna" then threatened to post the nude photo to all his friends on MySpace.com.
"Shayna" told the victim that an older Asian male would pick him up and drive him to a friend's house that had a Web camera. A man introducing himself as "Lyle" picked up the boy and drove him to a home near Pearlridge, police said. The suspect, later identified as Nonaka, allegedly performed oral sex on the boy while being filmed with the Web camera.
A second incident allegedly occurred on Oct. 23 after Nonaka allegedly threatened to post video footage of the first sexual assault if he didn't meet the suspect to go shopping.
That day, Nonaka picked up the boy and drove him back to a Pearlridge home and allegedly molested and performed oral sex on the boy. Nonaka then brought the boy to the Pearlridge Shopping Center and bought about $352 worth of clothing.
The next day, the boy's mother reported the assault to the police. Police arrested the suspect at 11 a.m. Thursday at his home.
Mitsu-Ken Catering is famous for its garlic chicken. There is often a line out the doors of the small North School Street restaurant. A phone message at Mitsu-Ken said the okazuya is still taking orders for catering services.
Mitsu-Ken's other owner, Brad Kaneshiro, 42, also is in trouble with the law.
He was charged last week with negligent injury and driving under the influence after his car allegedly struck six vehicles and a police officer.
That incident occurred at about 3:40 a.m. last Sunday after police responded to a minor traffic accident on the Moanalua Freeway.
Kaneshiro's car allegedly hit the stopped cars and police Sgt. Mike Clark. Clark was hospitalized in serious condition and is still recovering, police said.
Kaneshiro was arrested at the scene, and posted bail of $1,500.