2 Big Island men charged in separate sex assaults

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Two Big Island men have been indicted on sex assault charges in separate, unrelated cases.

Chance Vince Letreta is charged with sex assault of an under 14-year-old girl between 2008 and 2009. Phil James is charged with kidnapping and sex assault of a woman.

Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports a Kona grand jury indicted 34-year-old Letreta of Kailua-Kona and 31-year-old James of Ocean View on Aug. 13.

According to court records Letreta has 15 prior convictions including domestic abuse and auto theft. He couldn't be reached for comment Friday at Halawa Correctional Facility on Oahu, where he's being held on $50,000 bail.

Court records show James has seven prior convictions, but none for felonies. He couldn't be reached Friday at Hawaii County Correctional Center, where he's being held on $50,000 bail.

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