Head of ministry pleads not guilty to sex assault

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A Kaneohe man, accused of sexually assaulting a girl who attended his ministry, says he's not guilty.

Manuel Taboada, 56, was arraigned via video hook-up from the Oahu Community Correctional Center Monday morning. Prosecutors say the assaults began when the girl was 12 years old and continued for eight years.

Trial is tentatively set for September.