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Alleged pimp faces charges of kidnapping and assault


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POSTED: Tuesday, August 04, 2009

A 28-year-old alleged pimp subjected a 30-year-old Ewa Beach woman to five days of terror in June to force her into prostitution, a police affidavit filed in Honolulu District Court alleged.

The woman began dating Charles Abraham Cocklin Jr. after meeting him in June 2008 in the parking lot of the Pipeline Cafe, the affidavit said. After four months of a casual sexual relationship, he began pushing her into “;working the track,”; which he explained as walking the streets as a prostitute, the affidavit said.

The woman continued to refuse, but in June, Cocklin ramped up his efforts, allegedly terrorizing her over a five-day period in June, according to the affidavit.

At one point, Cocklin drove up to her, showed her a 26-year-old woman in his car, who he allegedly had forced into prostitution and whose face was swollen from being stomped and beaten by him, and then threatened to do the same to the 30-year-old, the affidavit said.

Cocklin made his initial appearance in court yesterday. He was charged with two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree attempted extortion, kidnapping, first- and second-degree assault, promoting prostitution and attempting to promote prostitution. His bail was set at $250,000.

The charges stem from cases involving both the 26-year-old and the 30-year-old.

Court records also show that a third woman had taken out a temporary restraining order against Cocklin in June.

After dating the 30-year-old for four months, Cocklin allegedly began in October to try to coerce her into prostitution.

But on June 26 he unexpectedly drove up with a friend to her home while she was waiting for a date to arrive. She asked Cocklin to leave but he refused. When her date arrived, he told the date to leave, which he did, the police affidavit said.

Cocklin then allegedly demanded she go for a ride with him, but she refused. He allegedly threatened to return and kidnap her, cut her and kill her, the affidavit said.

He then allegedly insisted she owed him $1,000 because he wasted his time, saying his prostitutes can make $1,000 a night.

Cocklin finally left about midnight, then called her and again threatened to kidnap her, cut her, kill her and shoot everyone in her house, according to the affidavit.

On June 27, Cocklin called her several times demanding his money, saying that he would make her life hell, the affidavit said. On June 30 the woman was driving her young daughter to a hospital, and Cocklin allegedly cut her off with his car, got out and demanded his money.

He had a 26-year-old woman in the front seat, whose face and lips were swollen. Cocklin allegedly told her he had stomped on her face and broken her jaw, and threatened to do the same to her. He told her he had a gun in his pocket, but said he would let her go because she had her daughter with her.

Police said Cocklin had allegedly assaulted her June 20 and broke her jaw June 30, the day he drove up to the 30-year-old.

He had allegedly coerced the younger woman, whom he met on an Internet social networking site, into working for him as a prostitute, and police found her July 22.

Earlier on July 16, the 30-year-old woman identified Cocklin by photograph.

Police arrested Cocklin on Friday.