WAILUKU - A 32-year-old Kihei man was ordered last week to have no contact with children and was placed on five years' probation for assaults involving the man's minor relatives.
Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza ordered Jerick Oakes to not have contact with the children involved in the incident as well as undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation. Oakes was credited for the one year and three days he has already served in prison, and he was ordered not to pick up hitchhikers nor purchase inappropriate adult materials.
Oakes pleaded no contest to an amended charge of second-degree assault, changed from continuous sexual assault of a minor younger than 14 years old, court records show. He pleaded no contest to third-degree assault, changed from third-degree sexual assault.
Another third-degree sexual assault charge was dismissed in a plea agreement. A different case involving abuse of a family or household member and second-degree terroristic threatening case was dismissed in the plea agreement.
Deputy Prosecutor Kim Whitworth said one of Oakes' relatives took the minor victims to Idaho before the prosecutor could let them testify, therefore the sexual assault charges were amended to nonsexual assault charges.
Cardoza said that for every incident that occurred, Oakes had an explanation, even though Oakes supposedly was drinking heavily during the incidents.
"It's remarkable your recollection is so good when you were drinking so much," Cardoza told Oakes.
Cardoza said Oakes' actions were "troublesome" and left him "very concerned."
He advised Oakes not to relocate his probation to Idaho where the minor victims were.
Deputy Public Defender Shelly Miyashiro said Oakes is making changes in his life and has started addressing his problems.
He has started a domestic violence intervention course, and he will start working at his construction job in January as work picks up, Miyashiro said.
"He is serious about doing what he needs to do," she added.
The charges in the case stem from incidents from Jan 1, 2012, through April 18, court records show.