YAP, MICRONESIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - US Marshals tracked down a former Maui Community Correctional Center state corrections officer who was wanted for five counts of sexual assault against a female inmate.
43-year-old James Siugpiyemal of Maui was extradited Saturday from Yap, located within the Federal States of Micronesia.
While Siugpiyemal was employed as a state corrections officer on Maui, he allegedly forced a female inmate to engage in sexual acts between July 31, 2014 and August 11, 2014.
Siugpiyemal was indicted on October 24, 2014 by a Maui County grand jury and charged with three counts of sexual assault in the second degree and two counts of sexual assault in the third degree.
By the time his arrest warrant was issued, Siugpiyemal had already fled Hawaii and was declared a fugitive on the run.
A joint investigation between Maui Police and US Marshals determined Siugpiyemal fled Maui for Guam on October 9, 2014; then traveled to Yap on October 11, 2014 where he went into hiding.
Siugpiyemal was detained by Yap authorities on September 20, 2016 to face extradition hearings. He voluntarily waived his right to contest extradition back to the US and was held in confinement until US Marshals could retrieve him.
Siugpiyemal was turned over to Maui Police for processing and further prosecution.