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Friday, April 25, 2014

Reyes found guilty of all charges
Defendant may face up to 93 years in prison

A court marshal and a Corrections officer lead Alfredo E. Reyes from a courtroom after the verdict was read Friday morning, finding him guilty of all charges for sexually abusing a then-16-year-old girl in 2009.  (Ferdie de la Torre) Alfredo Evangelista Reyes was found guilty on Friday of all charges for sexually abusing a then-16-year-old girl in 2009. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 93 years in prison.

After deliberating for less than two hours on Friday, the six Superior Court jurors reached a unanimous verdict, finding the 51-year-old Reyes guilty of three counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree.

Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho, who presided over the misdemeanor charges, found the defendant guilty of three counts of assault and battery.

Camacho said he finds the victim’s testimony credible and that he believes that Reyes sexually abused her at Laulau Beach in May 2009, at Coral Ocean Point beach in September 2009, and in the jungle area near Hawaiian Rock Co. in December 2009.

Reyes will be sentenced on Jan. 22, 2014, at 1:30pm.

Saying the charges are straightforward, the judge denied the defense’s request for a presentence investigation report.

Camacho, however, told assistant public defenders Michael Sato and Matthew Meyer, counsels for Reyes, that they are welcome to submit a presentence investigation memorandum.

Reyes was remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections. He is being kept on a $200,000 cash bail since his arrest in July.

Reyes appeared emotionless when he heard the verdict. But after the jurors were excused and Camacho left the courtroom, he broke down in loud sobs on the defense’s table.

None of Reyes’ family members or relatives were in the courtroom at the time. Some of his children came as a DOC officer and a court marshal were taking him out of the courtroom.

In an interview with the media, Sato said the verdict was obviously upsetting news for Reyes.

When asked if they will file post-trial motions, Sato said they have a variety of options but they have not made a decision at this time.

Assistant attorney general Barbara Cepeda said that Reyes faces a maximum sentence of 93 years because sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree carries a maximum penalty of 30 years, while assault and battery carries the maximum of one year.

Assistant attorney general Heather P. Barcinas assisted Cepeda during the trial that began on Tuesday.

The jurors began deliberations on Thursday afternoon and continued on Friday morning.

On Tuesday, the victim, who is now 20 years old, took the witness stand and narrated to the court the pain she suffered when the defendant sexually abused her thrice in 2009.

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