Karate instructor accused of molesting teen re-indicted on sex assault charges

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A karate instructor accused of molesting a teenaged boy has been re-indicted on sexual assault charges.

Michael Shimabukuro, the founder of the Hawaii Karate Association, was originally charged with one count of first-degree sex assault and two counts of third-degree sex assault last year. He was scheduled to go to trial this week on two of the counts.

But prosecutors last week obtained a new grand jury indictment that contains four sexual assault charges. Circuit Judge Randal Lee on Monday granted the prosecution's request to dismiss the original indictment.

Shimabukuro's attorney argued against the move, saying that it "represents a further muddling of the allegations."

The alleged victim, a 17-year-old boy, says he was molested over a two-year period.

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