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Heated Words After Sex Assault Suspect's Court Appearance

Lyle Nonaka Lyle Nonaka
Eric Seitz Eric Seitz

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- An outburst outside an Oahu courtroom, as the lawyer for a man accused of sexually assaulting a child lashes out at the media.

Lyle Nonaka made his first court appearance on sex assault and child abuse charges Wednesday.

A 14-year-old boy told police a person he met on MySpace.com threatened to post a nude picture of him on the internet if he didn't meet with the suspect.

Even Nonaka's lawyer finds the allegations disturbing.

"If he's guilty of what he's charged with, there aren't going to be any excuses made for this kind of conduct," Eric Seitz, defense attorney, said. "It's reprehensible."

"Do you have any response to the allegations?" this reporter asked the suspect.

The 50-year-old, who's free on bail, keeps his face hidden and has no comment as he leaves the courthouse. His attorney doesn't mince words.

"Why don't you shut the f*** up?" Seitz said to a news photographer.

"Pardon me?" the photographer asked.

"Shut the f*** up," Seitz repeated.

The exchange continues as everyone moves downstairs.

"I let you guys talk and say what you want to say," the lawyer told the media. "But when you continue to say it and you block the pathway, that's something else."

"Why are you telling me f*** you?" the photographer asked.

"I didn't say f*** you," Seitz replied.

"Bulls***," the photographer said. "I got it on camera, a**hole."

"Yes, you got exactly what I said," the attorney responded. "I said shut the f*** up. That's what I said."

Nonaka is one of the owners of Mitsu-Ken Catering, a popular eatery in Kalihi. The business has been closed for the past week.

"You'll hear more about this case as it unfolds," Seitz said. "But to embarrass the guy more so than already he's been exposed to, the guy has no record of any kind, is I think unwarranted."

So is he maintaining his innocence?

"He has not pled yet," Seitz said. "And, you know, it's too early to say."

A preliminary hearing will take place December 7th, unless an Oahu grand jury indicts Nonaka before then.

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