Avoiding a guilty plea, trial possible for former Maui officer in wire fraud case

Updated: Oct. 20, 2020 at 4:11 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former Maui police officer accused of trying to coerce a woman into having sex may now have a trial after not entering a guilty plea with the court.

Brandon Saffeels allegedly sent text messages and made phone calls telling a woman he could make her DUI go away if she spent time with him.

Saffeels was scheduled to plead guilty to wire fraud, but Monday afternoon, he told a judge he was not trying to get anything from her, including sexual favors.

The judge ended the hearing without Saffeels making the anticipated guilty plea.

Prosecutors are now free to take Saffeels to trial on additional charges.

[Read more: Maui officer accused of soliciting sex from women he met on the job indicted]

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