Ex Boys & Girls Club worker charged with sex assault

Incident allegedly involved girl at Central Maui clubhouse

VICTORIA SATOAFAIGA – Faces sex assault charges

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A former Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui employee is facing charges alleging she sexually assaulted a pre-teenage girl at the agency’s Central Maui clubhouse last year.

Victoria Satoafaiga, 28, of Waikapu was arrested in December after being indicted by a Maui County grand jury. She posted a $101,000 bail bond to be released, court records show.

Satoafaiga has pleaded not guilty to third-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual assault and second-degree custodial interference.

Another charge of attempted third-degree sexual assault was dismissed July 11 when 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo granted a defense request.

She said the prosecution asserted that the attempted third-degree sexual assault involved sexual biting and sucking of the victim’s chest area, causing hickeys, on Oct. 27.

“The state, however, fails to include this information in the indictment,” Loo said.

She ruled that because those specifics weren’t included, Satoafaiga wasn’t given adequate notice about the charge.

The dismissal of the charge was without prejudice, so the prosecution could recharge Satoafaiga.

Loo denied a defense request to dismiss the third-degree sexual assault count alleging that Satoafaiga had sexual contact with the girl by kissing her on the lips between August 2016 and March 17, 2017.

According to court documents, the girl testified the kissing and another sexual act in March 2017 occurred at the Central Maui location of the Boys & Girls Clubs.

The girl was 12 at the time. Satoafaiga was assistant director of the Central Maui clubhouse, according to court documents.

Kelly Pearson, chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, said Monday that Satoafaiga is no longer employed by the organization. Pearson declined further comment, saying, “We don’t comment on any ongoing proceedings.”

According to court documents, a police detective informed Satoafaiga on April 26, 2017, that she was being investigated for allegations of sexual assault involving the girl.

The girl testified that about six months later, on Oct. 27, that Satoafaiga called the minor and asked her to meet at a location adjacent to the Central Maui clubhouse, according to court documents. Satoafaiga took the girl to Kahului Harbor, then dropped her off at Keopuolani Park. She was not found that evening but was located the next morning at Satoafaiga’s house, according to court documents.

An Oct. 30 trial is set for Satoafaiga.

She has been ordered to have no contact with the victim, her residence and school and to stay away from the Central Maui clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Satoafaiga was allowed to leave the state in March to fulfill her National Guard duties, court records show.

In 2016, the Boys & Girls Club of America, Native Services Unit, awarded Satoafaiga the Pacific Region Native Spirit Award for her work with Native Hawaiian youth at the Paukukalo Clubhouse, according to a report in The Maui News.

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