State sheriff's deputy indicted on sexual assault charges

Published: Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:21 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 12, 2012 at 9:54 PM HST
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Benjamin Fonoti
Benjamin Fonoti

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewNow) - A state sheriffs deputy stationed at the District Court cellblock was indicted Thursday on sexual assault charges.

Benjamin U. Fonoti, 30, has been a sheriff's deputy for three years, according a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety.

The indictment brought by the Attorney General's office charged that the incident happened  October 10, 2011 when Fonoti had a woman detainee perform oral sex on him and placed her hand on his penis.

Investigators have DNA that will help prove their case, a source said.

The incident happened at the District Court cellblock, which has video surveillance cameras, a source said. But it is unclear if the incident was caught on video, a source said.

Fonoti was indicted for second- and third-degree sexual assault.

Sources said Fonoti is a mixed martial arts fighter whose father is a prison guard at Oahu Community Correctional Center.

Fonoti was released on $11,000 bail.

His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday, April 19 at 8:30 a.m.

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