MPD captain requests a jury trial


WAILUKU — Maui Police Department Capt. Stephen Orikasa pleaded not guilty Thursday and asked for a jury trial on a misdemeanor sexual assault charge alleging he inappropriately touched a female detective at work.

A Dec. 12 date was set for him to appear in 2nd Circuit Court.

In a complaint filed in Wailuku District Court, Orikasa is charged with fourth-degree sexual assault for allegedly touching the woman’s buttocks between June 16 and 30. At the time, Orikasa was commander of the Criminal Investigation Division, where the detective worked.

After the detective reported the incident in August, the Police Department separated Orikasa and the detective, who voluntarily relocated to the Kihei Police Station.

She returned to the Wailuku Police Station after Orikasa was temporarily relieved of his command and reassigned to the Kihei station, police said.

He has since been assigned to another captain’s position.

During Orikasa’s arraignment Thursday in Wailuku District Court, his attorney, David Sereno, said Orikasa was asking for a jury trial.

Orikasa is a 26-year MPD veteran who began his police career in 1991.