HPD officer indicted for compromising undercover investigation

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A nineteen year veteran of the Honolulu Police Department was indicted on Wednesday for lying to the F.B.I. and disclosing the identity of an H.P.D. undercover officer.

Officer Richard Wayne Raquino is charged with revealing the identity of an undercover officer and disclosing the description of an undercover police vehicle last June. The indictment also accuses Raquino of telling the same individual about how to identify and elude police surveillance during active investigations.

A bench warrant for his arrest was issued on Wednesday, and Raquino turned himself in to federal authorities on Friday morning. He has since been released on bond.

Sources tell Hawaii News Now that the illegal disclosure involved a drug-related case. A police spokeswoman says Raquino was assigned to H.P.D.'s Narcotics Vice unit.

The officer has reportedly been placed on leave without pay. A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for June 4, with Raquino's trial set to begin July 3, 2012.

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