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$300,000 bail set in sex assault case

Prosecutor: Victim would be terrified if he’s released

The Maui News

WAILUKU — Bail was kept at $300,000 for a Pukalani man who was charged with sexually assaulting and abusing a woman last year.

Noa Harrisson, 20, has pleaded not guilty to two counts each of felony abuse, first-degree sexual assault and second-degree sexual assault.

While he asked for his bail to be reduced during a hearing Thursday in 2nd Circuit Court, Deputy Prosecutor J.W. Hupp asked the judge to maintain bail.

He said Harrisson faces charges for “multiple types of compulsion” of the woman, who knows Harrisson and was beaten and sexually assaulted Dec. 26.

“The victim is terrified if he is released,” Hupp said.

When police began investigating Harrisson, he was told to have no contact with the victim, but repeatedly contacted her, Hupp said.

He said Harrisson continued to contact the victim after being charged in the sexual assault case, resulting in other charges alleging he violated a temporary restraining order.

“The concern for the state is he’s not getting the message and continues to contact her repeatedly,” Hupp said.

Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill kept Harrisson’s bail at $300,000.

A May 11 trial is set for Harrisson.

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