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Trial opens for Leeward Oahu business owner charged with child sex assault

Adrian Dhakhwa Adrian Dhakhwa
Henry Moisa Henry Moisa
Daphne Barbee Daphne Barbee

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Trial got underway Tuesday for a Leeward Oahu business owner accused of paying his underage worker for sex.

The alleged victim is now 17 and a senior in high school. Because he's a minor, we are not identifying him.

A warning now -- the sexual content of this story may be disturbing.

Henry Moisa, 58, is charged with four counts of first-degree sex assault. A boy says the sexual contact between them began when he was 14 years old and started a summer job at the defendant's portable toilet company.

The alleged victim says it continued for nearly a year.

"We're talking two? We're talking five?" Adrian Dhakhwa, deputy prosecutor, asked regarding the number of alleged incidents.

"Maybe about 40, 50 times," the boy replied.

The teen was hired to go around the island and clean the rented porta potties. He says the first sexual contact happened when his boss told him to go into a porta potty and remove his clothes and underwear, so he could get measured for a uniform.

"He measures my arm. He measures my legs. He measures my waist," the boy said. "Then he puts his mouth on top my penis, and then he stops and says I better stop before I get carried away."

Over the next year, the teen says Moisa paid him $1.25 for each toilet he cleaned and $5 for each time he received oral sex.

Prosecutors say the sex acts became consensual and included the viewing of pornography together, but because the boy was under the age of 16, it was still illegal.

"Did you ever tell your mom that you were getting oral sex from your boss?" Dhakhwa asked.

"No," the teen replied.

"How come?" the prosecutor asked.

"I didn't want to get in trouble," the boy replied.

Prosecutors say his mother eventually found out and notified authorities. But the defense says a physical examination by a doctor turned up no evidence of sexual abuse.

"Ask yourself this -- why is it he can not specify any date that this event occurred?" Daphne Barbee, defense attorney, said to the jury.

The defense says the boy is lying.

"Sometimes it's better to tell the lie. He tells the detective this," Barbee said. "On his myspace account, he states he earns $250,000 a year. Is that the truth?"

This is actually Moisa's second trial. The first time around, inconsistent witness statements triggered a mistrial before the case ever went to the jury.

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