Former Maryknoll coach starts jail sentence for sexually assaulting child

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - He held a position of trust. But a former Maryknoll School coach admits he violated that trust when he sexually assaulted a student.

Darin Yoshinaka listens, as a woman fights through tears to talk about her young daughter's suffering.

"No child should ever have to go through such a traumatic event," the victim's mother said.

Yoshinaka was an assistant coach for Maryknoll's girls varsity volleyball team in 2007. He admits he committed multiple sexual acts on a 7th grader who played on the intermediate squad.

"The effects of this crime upon my family and child has been tremendous," the victim's mother said. "You are a predator and a pedophile."

Prosecutors ask for an 18-month jail term, the maximum under a plea deal that spares the child from having to testify at a trial.

"Any shame, embarrassment or humiliation experienced by the defendant and his family pale in comparison to the emotional destruction that Mr. Yoshinaka's crimes have left," Scott Bell, deputy prosecutor, said.

The 29-year-old says he's sorry.

"They put their trust in me and I let them down," Yoshinaka said. "And I take full responsibility for my actions."

Calling his conduct egregious and reprehensible, the judge sentences him to the full 18 months, as well as five years probation.

"One day, he hopes to start earning back the respect of his family and others," David Hayakawa, defense attorney, said.

Yoshinaka must now register as a convicted sex offender for the rest of his life.