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POSTED: Saturday, September 19, 2009

Waianae man charged in alleged sex assault

Prosecutors charged yesterday a 29-year-old Waianae man who allegedly sexually assaulted a

15-year-old girl in Waimanalo.

Police said Miguel Puerto Jilhaney of 85-0870 Lihue St. allegedly enticed the teenager into his vehicle, then allegedly engaged in sexual activity with her.

The alleged sexual assault occurred at 7 p.m. Aug. 30, police said.

Jilhaney was arrested with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and third-degree sexual assault.

He was charged yesterday and his bail was set at $75,000.

Suspect, 19, in killing in January released

Police released a 19-year-old Kalihi man suspected of killing 54-year-old Damaso Domingo of Honolulu in

January.

Domingo died Jan. 15 of head injuries due to blunt force after being assaulted, the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office said.

Domingo was found at 2 a.m. Jan. 13 with severe head injuries near the intersection of North School Street and Lanakila Avenue.

Police had received an anonymous tip that led to a possible suspect.

The man was located and arrested at 1:30 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of second-degree murder. He was released at 12:10 a.m. yesterday pending further investigation.

Former Kauai police officer is arrested

LIHUE » A former Kauai police officer has been arrested on burglary, terroristic threats and weapons charges.

Joseph Bonachita, 41, is out on $25,000 bail after being arrested earlier this week. Authorities have provided few details about the case.

Bonachita declined to comment.

The former officer also was the subject of a temporary restraining order filed by a woman shortly before she was found dead outside her Puhi home Aug. 17.

Police initially said they believed foul play was involved in 27-year-old Lauren Kagawa's death but later determined it was a lethal mixture of prescription drugs and alcohol. They say they're still investigating.

Bonachita, who Kagawa alleged had sexually assaulted her, has not been named as a suspect in the case, but police say they haven't ruled him out.