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Victim In Pain as Sex Assault Case From 15 Years Ago Resurfaces

Victor Bakke Victor Bakke

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Re-opening old wounds. That's how a woman who was sexually assaulted as a child 15 years ago feels, as the man convicted in her case looks to clear his name.

Villamor Yasay wants a do over. After serving jail time for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl 15 years ago, he changes his mind about his guilt.

"The court made a mistake back in 1992," Victor Bakke, defense attorney, said. "He was not properly informed that he could be deported and, you know, 10 years later, this case got ripped back open."

The case resurfaced when Homeland Security officials informed the 42-year-old he would be deported back to the Philippines because of his conviction. He now wants to start over, and have the chance to wipe his record clean.

"He's looking at leaving his wife and children and being sent back to the Philippines when, in the beginning, the prosecutors worked out a plea agreement in this case," Bakke said.

Prosecutors say Yasay grabbed the child at a 7-Eleven store that was located on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki, and put his hand on her breast. The store is no longer there, but the victim's pain lives on.

"He gets to live his life," the victim said. "And I get to live with the dreams and the nightmares of what's going on, what happened, what could happen."

Yasay already served 30 days in jail and five years probation.

On this day, he pleads no contest to sex assault and kidnapping. But he asks the judge for a deferral, which means there would be no conviction on his record if he stays out of further trouble. That doesn't sit well with the victim, who's now 26 years old.

"Making me bring up the past, this isn't easy," she said. "If it's going to get wiped from his record, I don't get it wiped. It got brought up."

The judge is expected to announce his decision on the deferral request September 17th.

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