Advocates appalled after man who forced minor into prostitution is granted parole
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man who kidnapped an underage girl and forced her into prostitution will likely be set free next month after serving seven years of a 10-year sentence.
Earlier this month, the Hawaii Parole Board signed off on Mukadin D. Gordon's release from Halawa Correctional Facility — as long as the details of his release are ironed out. One of the conditions is that he must live in Washington state. The state has to accept to oversee his supervision in order for him to be released.
And that decision has advocates for sex trafficking victims incensed.
"He represents the worst part of our society and is a danger to the community," said Kathryn Xian, the executive director of the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery. She said she's appalled Gordon won't be required to serve his full sentence.
Her organization stepped in to help the underage girl who he kidnapped and sexually assaulted.
"What he did to this child is unspeakable," Xian said. "What this tells us is that the Hawaii Paroling Authority can deem it possible to undermine all of the hard work that police and prosecutors and advocates have collectively done to prevent child sex trafficking in Hawaii."
Hawaii News Now asked the parole board why they're granting Gordon's release, but a spokesperson didn't reply to those questions.
Gordon's attorney, meanwhile, said sex offender inmates are subjected to the highest level of scrutiny by both the parole board and the prison system.
"Minor things prevent them from getting out and they essentially have to be perfect and follow every single requirement set up for them before they are released," said attorney David Hayakawa. "Once they are released on parole they are subject to the highest level of supervision of almost any other parolees that are out there."
Hayakawa said his client completed a mandatory sex offender treatment program along with all other programs the parole board recommended.
Attorney Eric Seitz added that Gordon is "far better off" on parole "where they have some sort of ability to supervise and restrict him than just serving out his sentence and being released with no conditions."
The day after Hawaii News Now broke this story the state announced that officials in Washington State denied Gordon's request for the out-of-state transfer. Gordon has about a month to appeal their decision. If Washington doesn't agree to accept him before August 19 Gordon's case will be deferred for another 12 months.
As Gordon awaits parole, he's also suing the state. He claims he was held in solitary confinement for extended periods of time shortly after his arrest and his constitutional rights were violated. The case is being appealed to the state Supreme Court.
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