UPDATE: Cecilio Rodriguez pleads not guilty in sexual abuse case

Cecilio Rodriguez
Cecilio Rodriguez

LOS ANGELES (HawaiiNewsNow) - Local musician Cecilio Rodriguez, of the popular music duo C&K, appeared in a California court on Wednesday following allegations that he molested a child.

According to the Los Angeles Superior Court, Rodriguez pleaded not guilty.

A preliminary setting is scheduled for Oct. 13, 2011.

Rodriguez was arrested on a felony warrant late Tuesday evening at a home in Carson, Calif.

The 66-year-old was charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.

In an e-mailed statement, Henry Kapono said, "I am currently on vacation at Disneyland with my family and have just recently learned about Cecilio's arrest in Los Angeles. I have received many calls from media and friends. I have not spoken with him and only know what has been reported in the media. I did not see this coming. I am saddened for Cecilio and heart broken for the family involved. My heart and prayers go out to them."

This is the latest string of legal troubles for the singer.

In December 1994, Rodriguez pleaded no contest to second-degree attempted sex assault. He spent two days in jail as part of his deferred acceptance of no contest plea, according to court documents.

Rodriguez has also had other problems with the law. In February 2010, he was stopped on the Moanalua Freeway near Fort Shafter and was arrested for driving under the influence.

He was found guilty last month, and was sentenced to 240 hours of community service and a $500 fine. It was his second drunk driving arrest in three years.

In July 2007, he was found guilty of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant.  He had his license suspended for 90 days and was ordered to pay a $350 fine.

Rodriguez was born and raised in Santa Barbara, Calif.

This month, he performed with Henry Kapono in several cities as part of their "Back in the Day" concert tour.

That tour wrapped up less than a week ago in Redondo Beach, Calif., according to the duo's website.

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