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Sex assault victim speaks out

Michael Shimabukuro was eventually convicted on three counts of sex assault Michael Shimabukuro was eventually convicted on three counts of sex assault
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Patrick Martin described his former karate teacher as a "monster" who preyed on little boys.

The Kalihi resident said Michael Shimabukuro gave him alcohol, made him watch pornography, then fondled him and sodomized him. He was just 14.

"On a mainland trip, I was already intoxicated from the alcohol. I was lying on my back and I noticed my shorts were halfway down my legs," said Martin.

Shimabukuro was eventually convicted on three counts of sex assault and is now serving a five-year prison term.

A gifted martial arts student, Martin earned a black belt at the age of nine and competed in international tournaments. He says the assaults devastated him.

"My identity was kind of lost. But after treatment -- I had some problems with drug abuse -- I found myself again," he said.

Now 21, Martin is suing Shimabukuro and his family as well as a local karate federation and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, where some of the assaults occurred.

"For this particular perpetrator we believe there is between six and eight victims," said Randall Rosenberg, Martin's attorney.

The suit was filed in April, just before a law expired that allowed victims of old sex assault cases to sue.

A new bill approved by the state Legislature would extend the statue of limitations for sex assault victims now sits on Gov. Abercombie's desk.

"What brought me forward is I heard another child was sexually abused so I'm stepping forward so that nothing else or no one else gets abused," Martin said.

State Sen. Clayton Hee, Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee, said the testimony during the hearings indicated that sex assault continues to be a problem and that victims need the extension to seek justice.

"It's very difficult to appreciate what victims go through," Hee said.

 

 

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