Man extradited from Thailand appears in court on sex charge

WAILUKU – A man who was extradited to Maui from Thailand to face a charge alleging he repeatedly sexually assaulted a minor will be arraigned Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court.

Steven Strike, 46, is being held without bail on an indictment charging him with continuous sexual assault of a minor.

The charge is based on a February 2012 complaint to Maui police that Strike, who lived in Paia at the time, sexually assaulted the minor under age 14 for more than a year.

The U.S. Marshal’s Hawaii Fugitive Task Force reported tracking down Strike, who was returned to Maui on Thursday. He reportedly had left the state a few days after being questioned by police, arrested and released pending further investigation in February 2012.

When Strike appeared in court Friday morning, Deputy Public Defender Gene Evans said the office couldn’t represent Strike because an employee of the office has a personal relationship with the victim and his family. Strike said he wanted to wait for another lawyer to be appointed before proceeding with the arraignment.

Judge Joseph Cardoza ordered Strike to have no contact with the victim.