Hawaii state sheriff's deputy indicted on sexual assault charges

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewNow) - A state sheriffs deputy stationed at the District Court cellblock was indicted Thursday on sexual assault charges.

Benjamin U. Fonoti, 30, has been a sheriff's deputy for three years, according a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety.

The indictment brought by the Attorney General's office charged that the incident happened October 10, 2011 when Fonoti had a woman detainee perform oral sex on him and placed her hand on his penis.

Investigators have DNA that will help prove their case, a source said.

The incident happened at the District Court cellblock, which has video surveillance cameras, a source said. But it is unclear if the incident was caught on video, a source said.


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