Youth Program Staff Member Charge in Hilo Sex Assault

A 37-year-old Puna man was charged on Friday with nine sexual offenses in connection with a sexual assault reported in Hilo on Tuesday afternoon.

Police charged Paul Andrew Banasihan Jr. of Keaʻau with three counts of fourth degree sexual assault and six counts of second degree sexual assault.

A female minor reported that an adult male staff member of a youth program in Hilo removed her from her classroom and took her to his personal vehicle located on premises, where he sexually assaulted her.

Banasihan posted $66,000 bail for these charges on April 20. His initial court appearance is scheduled for May 15 at 1:30 p.m. in South Hilo District Court.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to cont act Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2276 or Fetuutuunai.Amuimuia@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

HPD photo of Paul Andrew Banasihan Jr.

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