Maui County’s top civil attorney arrested for domestic abuse

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Published: Mar. 11, 2019 at 10:42 AM HST
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WAILUKU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui County’s top civil lawyer has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with abuse of a household member.

(Image: Maui County)
(Image: Maui County)

Police arrested Patrick Wong at 12:15 a.m. Saturday at a residence in Wailuku, according to the mayor’s office.

The 53-year-old posted bail and has since been released.

It is Hawaii News Now’s protocol to not name victims of domestic violence.

Sources say the victim did have physical injuries and that she feared retaliation.

Wong, who is the county’s corporation counsel, went through a contentious reappointment process.

About two weeks ago, the county council approved the mayor’s pick by a 5-to-4 vote.

In a statement, Maui Mayor Mike Victorino said the county is investigating the incident.

“Any domestic abuse is completely unacceptable," he said. "I do not tolerate abuse or harmful behavior from anyone. We are handling this alleged incident as quickly and thoroughly as possible.”

Wong was first appointed to serve as corporation counsel for Maui County in 2011, according to the county’s website.

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