HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A state Department of Land and Natural Resources officer pleaded not guilty to five counts of sexual assault Tuesday in a Big Island courtroom.
Ethan Ferguson, 39, is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old at a beach park in Hilo on New Year's Day.
Ferguson, who was in uniform, found the teen smoking marijuana, and allegedly told her that he wouldn't take her to the police station if she gave him money, drugs or sex.
The girl told him she didn't have money or drugs and wasn't willing to give him sex. That's when Ferguson allegedly sexually assaulted her.
He was arrested Jan. 7 and charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.
Ferguson is free on a $13,000 bail. His trial is set for June.