Saturday, November 3, 2001

Woman alleges police
officer supplied drugs

The Big Isle woman accuses him of
beating and raping her over 6 years

By Rod Thompson

HILO >> A Big Island woman who alleges that a police officer sexually assaulted and beat her over a six-year period also says the officer used drugs and supplied drugs to her, according to court documents.

Earlier this week, police confirmed that two Kau District officers are on leave while allegations of sexual assault are investigated.

Police said nothing about drug involvement and said they would make no further comment.

The woman's attorney, Robert Kim, said an officer forced her to have sex up to 100 times during the last six years, hit her, and burned her with cigarettes and cigars. Some of the attacks took place in a Hawaiian Ocean View Estates police substation cell, the woman alleges.

Kim said his client is cooperating with state and federal investigations.

No details were available on the complaint about the second officer.

As part of a request for a temporary restraining order against the alleged assailant, the woman submitted a handwritten statement saying she had a consensual relationship with a second officer.

"(The officer) and I were having an affair at the time," she wrote.

Regarding the officer whom she accuses of assault, the document says in a different handwriting, "Respondent (the officer) used 'ice.' Also, respondent supplied petitioner (the woman) with drugs, i.e. 'ice.'"

Kim said his client was granted a temporary restraining order against the officer in August and was in court this week requesting an extension.

The handwritten document lists the woman's age as 21; however, she says the assaults have been going on for six years and implies that they began when she was 17.

The documents have a handwritten notation that the woman's relationship with the alleged assailant was an "intimate relation."

Kim submitted a subsequent written statement that his client was "mistaken in her choice of words, and claims they never had a relationship." The woman used the word "intimate" because sex was involved, he wrote.

At least some of the alleged assaults occurred at a Hawaiian Ocean View Estates police substation while the officer was on duty, according to the woman. "(The officer) raped me in HOVE substation and cell. The only (reason) why I went with (the officer) when he was on duty is because I was scared," she wrote.

"I was 17. He would tie me up and rape me," she wrote. Another officer saw this, but did nothing, she alleged.

The woman became pregnant and had an abortion, she wrote.

Frederick Gregg, attorney for the officer accused of the assaults, was unavailable for comment.

Court records show the woman herself was charged last year with violating a restraining order, but details were not available.

The records also show she was charged this year with making a false report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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