Officer relieved grand jury declined to indict

Officer relieved grand jury declined to indict

HONOLULU (AP) - The attorney for a Honolulu police sergeant investigated for possible abuse of his girlfriend at a Waipahu restaurant says the officer is relieved that a grand jury declined to issue an indictment.

Attorney Howard Luke tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser prosecutors did their job by taking the case involving Sgt. Darren Cachola to the grand jury and evidence presented appeared to be comprehensive.

Video surveillance last month at Kuni's Restaurant and Lounge recorded Cachola appearing to punch Deborah Aton, the bar manager.

Aton told police and the grand jury that the video had captured horseplay.

Aton's attorney says she went to police and allowed a full-body inspection to show she had not been hurt. Attorney David Hayakawa says the grand jury realized the obvious and there was no police cover-up.

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