Former UH football player charged with kidnapping, sex assault

Former UH football player arrested for kidnapping, sex assault
Joseph Uglietto's October 2016 mug shot (Image: Honolulu Police Department)
Joseph Uglietto's October 2016 mug shot (Image: Honolulu Police Department)
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(Image: UH athletics)
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former University of Hawaii football player has been charged with kidnapping and five counts of sex assault.

Joseph Uglietto, 24, was arrested Monday afternoon for an incident that allegedly happened last month and involved his ex-girlfriend.

Sources say the victim is the same ex-girlfriend who has sought help from the justice system since 2014, and accused Uglietto of tormenting her for years.

The woman wrote in a request for a restraining order that in October 2014 that Uglietto "choked me until I passed out, forced himself on me, begged me not to call (the) cops on him." In another entry, she says Uglietto choked her until she fainted.

By early 2015, she wrote in the court documents, he would follow her on the UH campus. Both Uglietto and the woman, who Hawaii News Now is not identifying, were students at the time and she says he also started hacking her email and social media accounts.

In March 2015, police were called to her Kaimuki home. She reported, "(He) broke into my house, pinned me down, threatened to kill me repeatedly ... choked me, pulled my hair and pushed me against a wall." Her roommate called 911.

The restraining order went into effect in July 2015 and records show that he was subsequently charged with violating it about 20 times.

In a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to about half of the charges and was sentenced to serve five days in jail.

Email evidence that she submitted appears to show that Uglietto was also threatening her with cyber attacks.

One message to her read, "I have 243 pictures and 23 videos of you." He tells her he will post them on social media if she doesn't go to his house immediately.

He writes in other emails that he has naked pictures of her and will post it on a website that connects people with high school friends. In another email he even threatens to commit suicide in her home, writing, "Good luck living with that humiliation and that blood on your hands."

Uglietto was arrested Monday afternoon in downtown Honolulu for kidnapping, three counts of first-degree sex assault, and two counts of third-degree sex assault. He has not been charged.

He was a member of the Rainbow Warriors scout team in 2013, but did not play in any games. A spokesman for the University of Hawaii says there are services available for domestic violence victims and he hopes students will take advantage of those.

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