Hawaii Island man charged with 13 offenses, including sex assault, involving minors

Patrick Noah Torres

A 30-year-old Pahoa man has been arrested and charged with 13 felony and misdemeanor offenses in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a female minor.

On Monday morning, Oct. 3, Hawaii Island police say a girl and boy were walking to school in the heavy rain and stopped for shelter in Puna. A man, later identified as Patrick Noah Torres, offered them a ride, but instead of taking them to school, he allegedly drove them to several locations where he sexually assaulted the girl.

After conferring with the Hawaii Island Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, detectives charged Torres with two counts of misdemeanor custodial interference, two counts of petty misdemeanor prohibitions involving minors (liquor), seven counts of Class C felony sexual assault and two counts of Class A felony sexual assault.

§707-727 Custodial interference in the second degree.

(1) A person commits the offense of custodial interference in the second degree if:

(a) The person intentionally or knowingly takes, entices, conceals, or detains a minor knowing that the person has no right to do so; or

(b) The person intentionally or knowingly takes, entices, conceals, or detains from lawful custody any incompetent person, or other person entrusted by authority of law to the custody of another person or an institution.

(2) Custodial interference in the second degree is a misdemeanor, if the minor or incompetent person is taken, enticed, concealed, or detained within the State. If the minor or incompetent person is taken, enticed, concealed, or detained outside of the State under this section, custodial interference in the second degree is a class C felony. [L 1981, c 171, pt of §1; am L 1994, c 245, §2]

He was released after posting $35,500 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 1.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Jesse Kerr at 961-8843 or jesse.kerr@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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