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Man facing sex assault charges held in lieu of $150,000 bail

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail after he was indicted on charges alleging he sexually assaulted a woman in his van.

Odysseus Taylor, 38, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree sexual assault of the woman in September 2019.

The woman texted 911 to report she had been sexually assaulted after she got out of the van and ran, according to documents filed in court. Taylor ran after her but fled when police arrived, leaving behind his van, according to the documents. He was arrested a few days later before being released pending further investigation.

After being indicted on the charges in February, Taylor was arrested in May, court records show.

During a 2nd Circuit Court hearing July 15, Taylor asked to be released on supervision.

Deputy Public Defender Danielle Sears said Taylor is “indigent and has no means to bail himself out.”

She said he hasn’t harassed or contacted the woman since 2019.

In opposing a reduction in bail, Deputy Prosecutor Karen Droscoski said in a memorandum that Taylor had been on Maui only since 2018 and claimed to be living in Tennessee when a Lahaina police detective contacted Taylor to say his van and cellphone could be returned after being seized in the investigation. Police learned Taylor didn’t reside at the Tennessee address he provided.

In the van, police found stolen jewelry, lock picks, Tennessee driver’s licenses in three names and Social Security cards in two names, according to the memorandum. It said two of the names were listed as aliases for Taylor.

Droscoski said Taylor is charged with sexually assaulting the victim multiple times and has “multiple police contacts in numerous states throughout the country.”

Sears said Taylor formally changed his name a few years ago.

Judge Kelsey Kawano kept bail at $150,000, saying the amount was reasonable.

An Aug. 5 pretrial conference is set for Taylor.

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