Maui man held on $1M bail on sex assault charges

William Barrios Jr.
William Barrios Jr.

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A 44-year-old Maui man charged with nearly 200 counts of sexual assault against two children will continue to be held on a $1 million bail.

Circuit Judge Joel August continued bail Monday for William Barrios Jr., who is accused of assaulting the daughter and son of his former girlfriend over a five-year period.

Deputy Prosecutor Melinda Mendes said Barrios could be a flight risk if he were released from jail.

Mendes said he doesn't think Barrios would stay in the area if released because he faces a potentially long sentence.

The Maui News reports that Barrios is being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center, and his trial is scheduled for Jan. 24.

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