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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former Honolulu police officer facing up to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a Waikiki prostitute was a no-show at his sentencing at Circuit Court Wednesday.
A bench warrant was issued for Michael Tarmoun's arrest. His $50,000 bond was forfeited.
Jurors found Tarmoun guilty of second-degree sexual assault during his second trial in June. An earlier trial ended with a hung jury.
Defense attorney William Harrison told the judge that he didn't know where his client was.
"He's never been late to court proceedings," Harrison said. "I don't know if there's been an emergency or what have you, but I left a message on his voice mail."
Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario said that if Tarmoun had an emergency and "assuming he's conscious," he would have contacted someone about being late to such an important hearing.
Prosecutors asked that the new bail be set at $200,000. The judge denied that request and increased the bail to $75,000, calling that amount substantial and reasonable.
HPD fired Tarmoun after the guilty verdict. The former officer, who was planning to appeal the verdict, has filed a grievance over his termination.
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