Man indicted in rape
of 8-year-old girl

A 39-year-old man accused of abducting an 8-year-old Waianae girl, taking her to a nearby vacant lot, threatening to shoot her and then raping her was indicted yesterday by an Oahu grand jury.

Yomeo Eieta, a recent arrival to the United States from Micronesia, was an unemployed fisherman who stayed with relatives, most recently with a sister at the Kau'iokalani Housing Project, where he was arrested two days after last Thursday's attack. Numerous people had called police identifying him after police released a sketch of the girl's attacker.

City Prosecutor Peter Carlisle outlined the facts of the case in court yesterday in asking that Eieta's bail remain at $150,000, which Circuit Judge Derrick Chan confirmed.

Carlisle said Eieta allegedly led the girl to a secluded area, covered her mouth with his hand when she attempted to scream, told her she would be shot if she moved or talked, and slapped her across the face.

He allegedly forced the girl to strip naked, kissed her, then sexually assaulted her, Carlisle said.

Chan granted the state's request that Eieta stay away from the victim and her family.

Carlisle, who likely will be one of two prosecutors trying the case, said yesterday the allegations are extremely serious and that this is the kind of case that has garnered national attention. "This is the type of case that strikes fear in every parent and galvanizes the community in terms of their concern for the safety of their children."

He asked for high bail in this case "for the safety of the defendant" because of the potential for hostility toward anyone who would do such a thing to a child. "It's important for us to make sure he is in a location where he is available for trial, unmolested, in terms of his physical safety," Carlisle said.

Eieta was charged with four counts of first-degree sexual assault -- punishable by a 20-year prison term -- kidnapping and third-degree sexual assault.

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