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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:45 am

LIHU‘E — A repeat sex offender was in 5th Circuit Court Wednesday but will have more time to review a new plea offer before a possible change of plea.

Joseph Costa Rita Sr., 71, is charged with sexually assaulting a minor on several occasions. He has been held at Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center on $100,000 bail since his arrest in August.

State Deputy Public Defender Stephanie Sato said the prosecution has presented an updated plea offer but that she needed more time to go over it with the defendant. She did not request a continuance and the next hearing will be the Sept. 10 trial date should there not be an earlier motion entered for a change of plea.

Judge Kathleen N. A. Watanabe presided over the hearing.

County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Arin represented the state.

The crimes allegedly occurred between June 1 and Aug. 14. Rita is accused of engaging in three or more acts of sexual penetration and sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.

The third-degree charges are for having sexual contact with the minor’s breasts and posterior on three separate occasions. He was indicted on Sept. 14.

This is Rita’s third sex-related crime case, according to information on the State of Hawai‘i Sex Offender Registry. The registry notes a 1996 conviction for second-degree sexual assault and that Rita lost an appeal on the 10-year sentence. He was also convicted of incest in 1996 and was sentenced to five years.

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4 comments:

  • 8BalNsidePoket posted at 11:31 pm on Mon, Jun 25, 2012.

    8BalNsidePoket Posts: 144

    [quote]WILLIAMPATRICKELLIS said: "1.CAN YOU PUT UP A MUGSHOT OF RITA. 2.WHO'S MR.C? "[/quote]

    Good questions.

    Distubing Foster is still employed with the courts, much less given a promotion in adult unit. Who does Foster know? Same pals as Hilario?

    Wonder how many minor children have been r*ped, se*ually violated since Foster still with courts.

    You'll get no answers to K. Cabr*ra from Foster. The perp probably did the plumbing in her house, no charge. Call the Court Administrator, David Lamm, to try and get some answers.

    If you get the run around, call the Office of the Attorney General and FBI, Honolulu. This is where you are likely to get answers to Kauai child safety by way of public records. The POs have kids' lives in their hands, but not with this pack of Foster's.

    Why would probation administrator protect perp and allow repeat sex offenders to continue to perpetrate children?

    Chilling.

     
  • upnup posted at 6:00 pm on Thu, Jun 21, 2012.

    upnup Posts: 133

    What America needs is stricter laws and NEW laws. We need the Bobbit law introduced by our legislators! Cut it off and end the repeat offenders.

     
  • WILLIAMPATRICKELLIS posted at 11:21 am on Thu, Jun 21, 2012.

    WILLIAMPATRICKELLIS Posts: 1

    1.CAN YOU PUT UP A MUGSHOT OF RITA. 2.WHO'S MR.C?

     
  • 8BalNsidePoket posted at 8:37 am on Thu, Jun 21, 2012.

    8BalNsidePoket Posts: 144


    From TGI story:

    "This is Rita’s third sex-related crime case, according to information on the State of Hawai‘i Sex Offender Registry. The registry notes a 1996 conviction for second-degree sexual assault and that Rita lost an appeal on the 10-year sentence. He was also convicted of incest in 1996 and was sentenced to five years."

    Let's guess--Rita was on probation. Understood from reliable source a probation administrator named Foster reprimanded a white probation officer when she searched a male probationer's history in judicial archives.

    The PO hit her target; she knew this male offender Cabr*ra was dangerous. His 7 year old step-daugter was endangered--already assaulted by this creep.

    PO searched archival files of Mr. C to discover alarming charges including:

    SEXUAL ASSAULT FIRST DEGRREE (Penetration)
    INDECENT EXPOSURE (Discovered peeping in female victim's window and ma*sturbating)

    When PO reported to Foster, PO reprimanded, told to "stop digging".

    PO reported to FBI.

     

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