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California man serves jail time for assault at Wailuku party

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A California man is serving a five-month jail term for assaulting a woman after they had been partying at a residence in Wailuku.

Edgar Reyes, 24, of Hesperia was taken into custody when he was sentenced Aug. 4.

Originally charged with first-degree sexual assault, he had pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree assault.

The assault occurred at about 4 a.m. Nov. 18, 2017, after the victim and her friend had gone to the residence and partied with Reyes and another man, said Deputy Prosecutor Iwalani Gasmen. She said the victim went to a spare bedroom and Reyes followed. He held her down, locking her wrist above her head, and began kissing her, Gasmen said.

“He attempted to kiss her lips, but she kept moving away,” she said.

She said the woman repeatedly said, “ouch” and “stop” and was bleeding.

While the prosecution sought a six-month jail term, Reyes asked to be spared any additional jail.

A plea agreement between the defense and prosecution also recommended probation for Reyes.

The resolution of the case was fair, said Deputy Public Defender Zach Raidmae.

At the time, Reyes was “barely 20 years old,” Raidmae said.

“It was a bad night, a bad scenario,” Raidmae said.

He said everyone at the residence had been drinking alcohol. “It’s sad that this happens to young people,” he said.

He said Reyes works and is soft-spoken and intelligent.

When he changed his plea, Reyes said he thought what happened that night was consensual.

After posting a $100,000 bail bond to be released in June 2018, Reyes had appeared by videoconference for court hearings before his sentencing.

“Foremost, I’d like to apologize for the situation that was caused, bringing a situation like this to your lovely island,” he said in court. “It’s not been a great four years.

“I don’t believe you would have as much loved ones as I do if you were truly a bad person. I’m trying my hardest to push through in life like everyone else.”

Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill followed the plea agreement in sentencing Reyes.

“It’s a very horrible circumstance that the victim had to endure,” Cahill said.

Reyes was ordered to pay $300 to the state Crime Victim Compensation Fund and to complete anger management treatment classes.

He was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

“The bottom line is he’s committed a crime. He has a major felony conviction on his record,” Cahill said. “I do think it’s a fair outcome for Mr. Reyes, given what occurred here. It’s also a fair outcome for the victim,” who was spared having to relive what happened through a trial.

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