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Exclusive: Man Acquitted Of Sex Assault Talks About Living Under Dark Cloud

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By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- It's one of the worst things you can be accused of -- sexually assaulting a child.

For one year, Reginald Comilang of Oahu maintained his innocence. Now, the dark cloud has been lifted.

Reginald Comilang is coming off the worst year of his life.

"I was just depressed," he said. "You know, it's like one accusation can ruin your whole reputation."

It was Labor Day weekend one year ago when a girl raised disturbing allegations against the licensed massage therapist. The 14-year-old tourist told police she was getting a poolside massage at the Outrigger Reef in Waikiki, when Comilang sexually assaulted her.

"Just total, total, absolute shock," he said.

He says he found himself going through the criminal justice system for the first time in his life.

"I could spend up to 20 years in prison for something that I didn't do," he said.

His trial would last three days.

"I felt that we put on a strong case throughout the week, that we presented overwhelming and irrefutable evidence, that I was innocent," Comilang said. "But still, you just never know what a jury is going to do."

In the end, the jury found him not guilty of first-degree sex assault.

"I cried. I cried," he said. "It was such a great relief to finally be exonerated."

The 46-year-old says it's been a difficult year for him and his family.

"I do have some bitterness," he said. "But I need to move on."

Jurors reached their unanimous verdict after less than a day of deliberations.

Comilang says he was placed on leave from his job following his arrest, but would like to return to the industry someday.

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