Hawaii Cops Who Made Masseuses Touch Their Dicks Won't Charge Them With Sexual Assault

A partially happy ending to this "happy ending" story. But some could still be deported.

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Earlier this month, Honolulu cops went undercover to local massage parlors for a sting co-plotted with federal agents. When women working there failed to provide them with grounds for prostitution charges, which require explicit arrangement for payment, the cops arrested 16 masseuses for sexual assault in the fourth degree. The offense is defined as forced sexual contact or exposing your own genitals in a way likely to cause alarm; asked what the women did to justify these charges, a Honolulu Police Department (HPD) spokesperson said that details would "come out in court." But now the city's top prosecutor, Keith Kaneshiro, has decided to dismiss charges against all 16 of those arrested. 

A sudden bout of compassion or constitutional concern from Kaneshiro? Ha! More like the city just couldn't make the charges stick. "Although the conduct might have constituted a technical violation of the law, proof beyond a reasonable doubt could not be established," Kaneshiro said in a statement. "Therefore, these cases were dismissed."

Lawyer Myles Breiner, who represented several of the women, told the Associated Press that in at least one instance an officer disrobed and then took the woman's hand and physically placed it on his genitals. "They're experimenting with the limits of the constitution," said Breiner. "Sex assault in the fourth degree is a non-consensual touching of a sexual nature. How can you say it's not consensual when the officers are going into these establishments intending to be touched?"

Despite the sexual assault charges being dropped, this isn't such a happy ending for some of the massage parlor workers, who were in the country illegally. Deportation proceedings for these women are now underway, according to AP.  

By way of a statement about the incident, HPD offered a letter sent last week to the Honolulu Star Advertiser. "In prostitution-related cases, the Honolulu Police Department's ultimate target has always been those who profit from exploiting others," the statement began. And it shares that goal with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, which both helped organize and fund this important undercover mission. "HPD is working with these agencies on a strategy that focuses on pimps, massage parlor owners, others who promote prostitution and those who engage in the trafficking of minors for sexual exploitation," the letter continued. And yet somehow, it's only women engaging in sex work (willingly or not) who got burned by this investigation! Funny how that always seems to be the case. 

Or perhaps "sadly intentional" is a better descriptor—as the letter admits, police and federal agents routinely rely on individuals arrested for prostitution in order to make cases against alleged sex traffickers or pimps. Because these "victims" are generally loathe to cooperate, prosecutors rely on the prostitution charges as a bargaining chip.  

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  1. “Me love you long time” = more like “Me love you not at all” in this case.

    I haz a sad for the prosecutor 🙁

    1. The massage parlor was probably astonished to know their regulars would entrap them like that.

    2. I don’t. Little fucker should go after real criminals, like the police.

    3. “Me love you rong time”

  2. No happy endings eh?

  3. “I hate to judge a man before all the facts are in Mr. [Prosecutor] but it appears [the policemen] may have exceeded [their] authority. “

  4. Yes, but will they charge the women who’s mouths they placed on their genitals for sexual assault?

  5. “…in at least one instance an officer disrobed and then took the woman’s hand and physically placed it on his genitals.”

    Well, that’s ONE charge of sexual assault that should have been properly filed…against the cop.

    1. “Stop raping yourself! Stop raping yourself!”

        1. Me too!

      1. That was…not the worst.

        *furrows brow*

  6. A sudden bout of compassion or constitutional concern from Kaneshiro?

    I can’t imagine a decent defense attorney couldn’t turn that assault charge around on them. Juries are just as likely to see male police officers as the aggressors, regardless of any other claims.

    1. I agree. What with all the successful charging and convictions of agressive policing we’ve seen.

    2. Juries are just as likely to see male police officers as the aggressors, regardless of any other claims.

      If only.

      HPD cops are notoriously corrupt and willing to entrap people. I’ve got several speeding tickets there at the bottom of a steep hill — where the speed limit drops about 30 MPH on the way down. Basically, I got ticketed for not braking hard enough from an initially legal speed.

      1. “- the Honolulu Police Department’s ultimate target has always been those who profit from exploiting others,” the statement began.”

        So, is this Civil Forfeiture Masturbation on the part of the HPD?

        1. “In prostitution-related cases, the Honolulu Police Department’s ultimate target has always been to profit from exploiting others.”
          FTFY

  7. Freeze! I’m a cop!

    Those brave officers. My heart goes out to them.

  8. I really need to get into law enforcement.

    1. If you play your cards wrong, you may find it that law enforcement gets into you.

  9. I know it’s more difficult to quantify “peace and justice” than “number of people hauled in,” but surely some change in attitude or policy can occur to stop these absurdities before they begin. How about a points system. For every violent potential felon you get 10 points, for every low-level offender doing something that shouldn’t even be illegal you get ?1 point. Most points wins a handjob at a local massage parlor.

    1. I like that one tony.

  10. OK, how about this:

    -If a prosecutor brings a bogus charge, fine him/her and refer him/her to the State Bar.

    -If an arresting officer brings someone in on some charge, and the prosecutor won’t file charges, give the cop 30 days to file a complaint against the prosecutor for failing to prosecute a guilty person. If, within the 30 days, the cop doesn’t file a complaint, then he’s presumed to have made a false arrest. If he *does* file a claim but it isn’t substantiated, fire him for falsely accusing the prosecutor.

    1. Seriously, guys, can you think of a *better* idea?

      1. MOAR REGULSHUNZ!!!!11

        1. I’m going to guess this is sarcasm?

  11. I can see wanting to be a cop in, say, Philadelphia; living in a shithole can get your dander up. But how insane/depressed does one have to be to decide they want to be a cop in Hawaii?

    I’d say these people need psychiatric care, but I assume most of them are already on anti-depressants.

    1. I don’t know much about Hawaii, but I assume it’s less dangerous than an inner city like Philly’s. Maybe it attracts guys who just want a spiffy uniform and a relatively safe gig? If busting massage parlor workers for prostitution even when they don’t commit prostitution is the big crime there, it can’t be too dangerous. (Disclaimer: I am sure there is real crime somewhere in Hawaii.)

    2. Cops in places like Hawaii are pissed because they see successful people with really nice material things that they do not have themselves.

  12. Why haven’t these police officers been arrested and charged with sexual assault? They guided the girls hands to their genitals – if they are trying to make the case that this was a “non-consensual touching of a sexual nature” then they should be the ones facing charges.

    1. Just remember, the cops did those things to “help” these women. They’re sick. Very sick.

    2. It’s not illegal if cops do it. Just ask the prosecutors.

      1. You can say that again.

    3. It’s not illegal if cops do it. Just ask the prosecutors.

    4. It’s not illegal if cops do it. Just ask the prosecutors.

    5. It’s not illegal if cops do it. Just ask the prosecutors.

  13. Damn phone…

  14. The girls didn’t get paid so I would say they were raped. The cops should be charged with rape and the feds with a Rico volition for organizing the mass rape.

  15. How can you say it’s not consensual when the officers are going into these establishments intending to be touched?

    In the same way “Yes doesn’t always mean yes”, perhaps? I mean with that kind of thinking, all bets are off.

  16. I honestly don’t know why anyone would care that they are giving out blowies and handies.

    If anything, it cuts down on prostitution on the streets and it is safer.

    People have always drank too much, eaten too much, got high, and fucked inappropriate things. We can’t legislate behavior.

    1. We can and should legislate against police raping and kidnapping women, which is what happened here.

  17. Now that’s just crazy talk there. People free to make their own decisions about their own interest and bodies? Pure crazy.

  18. an officer disrobed and then took the woman’s hand and physically placed it on his genitals.

    No doubt without the cop guiding the woman’s hand it would have been impossible to find it on any of the dickless wonders.

    1. A female friend of mine is married to a cop and she is hypersensitive about the small dick cop stereotype.

      1. get better friends.

        “so this friend of mine works in a concentration camp…”

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  20. Pigs being pigs. That is what they are, this is what they do.

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