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Cecilio Rodriguez gets early release from LA jail

Cecilio Rodriguez's mug shot after his arrest in Carson, Calif. Cecilio Rodriguez's mug shot after his arrest in Carson, Calif.

HONOLULU (AP) - One-half of a longtime, popular Hawaii musical duo has been released early from a Los Angeles jail because of overcrowding.

Cecilio Rodriguez was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading no contest to molesting two young California girls in the 1990s.

But according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records, 67-year-old Rodriguez was released July 17.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports a spokesperson says he was released after serving nearly five months because of jail overcrowding.

Rodriguez is part of the group Cecilio & Kapono, which formed on Oahu's North Shore in 1973.

Prosecutors say Rodriguez was on tour and staying with the victims' family in Carson, Calif., at various times when the molestation occurred.

He was also sentenced to 52 weeks of sexual-offender counseling and five years' probation.

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