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Six Arrested for Lewdness and Sex Assault at Waikiki Park

By  Minna Sugimoto

WAIKIKI (KHNL) -- Picnics, soccer games, and food festivals. You can find all those things at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. Unfortunately, there's also a certain restroom at the park where you might find unwanted sexual activity.

Waikiki resident Brian McIntee loves Kapiolani Park. He calls it unique.

"There's a good group of people that come to use the park all the time," he said. "It's really family-oriented. You see a lot of kids out here. You see a lot of sports."

But one particular park restroom, located across the street from the Diamond Head Tennis Center, doesn't fit that perfect image. Police say they often receive complaints about sexual solicitation at the bathrooms, especially at night.

"If the element comes out that's not as attractive, you know, it's going to deter people from enjoying this place," McIntee said.

In response to park users' concerns, officers went to the area the past three nights and arrested at least half a dozen men.

Frank Akima Junior and Clyde Marzan are accused of misdemeanor sex assault. Warren Dang, Jeffrey Dodson, Travis Lindley and Edward Swain were arrested on suspicion of open lewdness.

Community members say the restroom has always been a problem.

It made headlines three years ago, when a state representative was accused of groping a male, undercover officer there. West Maui Republican Brian Blundell pleaded no contest, and was granted a deferral. That year, he lost his bid for re-election.

People we talked to welcome this week's police crackdown.

"I'm glad they're doing it," McIntee said. "I have two little girls and I want to make sure that this area is safe for them. I don't like people hanging around the lavatories that might create problems."

The sex assault suspects are free on bail and are scheduled to be in court later this month. The men accused of open lewdness had their initial court appearances this week.

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