Bail maintained for Kahului man accused in sex assault

WAILUKU – A judge maintained bail at $250,000 Wednesday for a 29-year-old Kahului man who allegedly sexually assaulted a Wailuku woman in her apartment on Feb. 15.

Second Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo also ordered Tosuo Hans to stay away from the victim’s residence and her workplace. He is prohibited from taking any illegal or unprescribed medication and alcohol.

Deputy Public Defender William “Pili” McGrath said that bail was set at a “substantial” amount and asked it be reduced, noting Hans is not employed and is already on probation in another case.

But Deputy Prosecutor Kristin Coccaro argued that the defendant’s extensive criminal history, unemployment and probation weigh in favor of keeping the bail amount unchanged.

Hans was charged with first-degree sexual assault, first-degree burglary, kidnapping, fourth-degree theft and interfering in reporting an emergency or crime.

Police said the defendant assaulted a 30-year-old woman in her Wailuku apartment when she came out of her bathroom after taking a shower. She reported seeing a man who entered her apartment without permission.

The man pushed her into her bedroom, where the assault took place, police said. The woman then fought off the man and screamed, causing him to flee.

In December, Hans was sentenced to one-year probation and 180 days in jail for inappropriately touching a teenage girl and for violating his probation in another abuse case.