expects more charges
Women reported being
confronted by a naked man
A 38-year-old man who has been charged with one count of exposing and touching himself in front of a woman at a downtown parking lot could face more charges, his attorney said.
Mark Kawata, the attorney for Francis K.S. Kim, told the court yesterday that police are investigating the case, and he anticipates as many as two to four additional charges will be brought against his client.
Kawata waived Kim's presence at a hearing yesterday before District Judge William Cardwell, who continued the matter to Jan. 10.
Kawata said Kim had turned himself in to police Wednesday after reports of a nude man confronting women in downtown parking lots and masturbating in front of them. There were at least three reports -- two in the same area -- earlier this month.
Kim was charged Friday with fourth-degree sexual assault in connection with a Dec. 1 incident involving a 58-year-old woman. As she was leaving the parking lot at 830 Punchbowl St., she was confronted by a nude man.
The same man was suspected in a similar incident the next day at the same parking lot, and on Oct. 25 at the parking lot of the Hawaii Supreme Court building.
Kawata said Kim is on leave from his work as an "administrator" and began undergoing mental health treatment last week. Kawata declined to elaborate on Kim's employment and would not comment on the current charge, noting Kim "just wants to get this behind him."