Man charged with sexual assault

A 24-year-old Lahaina man was arrested last week after a woman reported he sexually assaulted her at Papalaua Wayside Park in Lahaina, police said.

Christian Samonte was charged with second-degree sexual assault and attempted first-degree sexual assault. His bail was set at $70,000.

The sexual assault was reported at about 7 a.m. Wednesday by a woman who knows Samonte.

At his initial hearing last week in Wailuku District Court, Samonte was ordered to have no contact with the woman and to stay away from the park.


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