HPD officer charged with sexually assaulting prostitute adamantly denies allegations

Michael Tarmoun
Michael Tarmoun

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Honolulu police officer charged with molesting a prostitute is adamantly denying the allegations. Michael Tarmoun, 37, appeared before a Circuit Court judge and pleaded not guilty to second-degree sexual assault Thursday.

A Waikiki prostitute told investigators she tried to get out of having sex with Tarmoun when she realized he was a police officer. She says he threatened to arrest her unless she did as she was told. He then allegedly sexually assaulted her.

"We're going to wait for the discovery in this matter because we're kind of surprised at these allegations," William Harrison, defense attorney, said. "They're not true. We're going to go to trial on the matter."

"He denies the allegations?" this reporter asked.

"Absolutely," Harrison replied.

Tarmoun has already been stripped of his gun, badge and police powers. He's free after posting $50,000 bail.

Trial is tentatively set for October.

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