HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A young man convicted of preying upon teenaged girls in Mililani proclaimed his innocence Tuesday, as a judge prepared to hand down his punishment.
In May, Nicholas Anduha, 21, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sex assault, kidnapping and terroristic threatening.
Prior to his sentencing, he tried to take back that guilty plea. But Circuit Judge Karen Ahn denied his motion, saying he entered the plea "knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily."
Prosecutors say Anduha grabbed a 15-year-old girl at knifepoint last September, but fled when her boyfriend showed up. Later that day, investigators say he forced another 15-year-old into his van and sexually assaulted her.
Anduha asked the judge to ban the TV news camera from the courtroom, saying his safety at Halawa Correctional Facility would be jeopardized by the coverage.
"We simply ask that the media not be allowed to film here," Walter Rodby, defense attorney, said.
"It puts my life in danger," the convicted sex offender said.
The judge rejected Anduha's request and allowed the news camera to stay. She then sentenced him to 10 years in prison.
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