Prison for Wis. man in groping incidents

A man extradited from Wisconsin to face charges of groping tourists in Wailea was sentenced last week to a five-year prison term.

Barry Burich, 28, had been living in Kihei when the attacks were reported in January 2009.

In one case, a Canadian visitor reported that she was walking toward a locked gate to the Hoolei at Grand Wailea resort when a man passed her before turning and grabbing and groping her. When she screamed, the man ran.

In another case, a woman from Texas said she was walking several steps behind her husband, who was getting their car from a valet at the Grand Wailea Resort, when a man grabbed her from behind and fondled her.

After being identified as the suspect and arrested later that month, Burich told police what he did was wrong and he was sorry. One incident occurred while he was waiting for his girlfriend to finish work, Burich told police.

After being released pending further investigation, Burich moved back to Wisconsin. Burich had pleaded no contest to third-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree sexual assault.

He had agreed to serve a one-year jail term as part of a plea agreement recommending probation for him.

Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen instead sentenced Burich to the five-year prison term Jan. 16.