Bail hearing for HPD major accused of extortion, drug offenses continued

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A high-ranking Honolulu police officer accused of federal crimes will remain locked up for at least two more weeks.

Maj. Carlton Nishimura's bail hearing, which began Tuesday, will continue on December 15th to allow the defense to question a woman whose grand jury testimony led to extortion and witness tampering charges earlier this year.

Federal prosecutors say the 31-year, HPD veteran should be held without bail because he was arrested on suspicion of drug offenses while he was free, awaiting trial, in the extortion case. He also continued to have contact with the government's witness, Doni Imose.

But the defense says Imose, who had a sexual relationship with Nishimura, initiated the contact with him following the indictment, visited him at his house repeatedly, and said that she testified falsely before the grand jury.

Meanwhile, an FBI agent who took part in a search of the defendant's Waianae home two weeks ago told Magistrate Judge Richard Puglisi on Tuesday that a field test on a substance found in a plastic bag turned up positive for meth. The parties are awaiting confirmation from a mainland lab.

FBI Special Agent Daniel Olson also said that testing of other materials at the scene was inconclusive.

The judge asked Nishimura's attorney if he will be seeking pre-trial release again.

"We tried that. It wasn't a complete success," Peter Wolff, federal public defender, replied.

Wolff says he may ask the judge to release his client to a halfway house while awaiting trial.

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