North Shore Oahu Hawaii
January 29, 2012 by staff
North Shore Oahu Hawaii, Cecilio Rodriguez, one-half of a popular and longtime Hawaii musical duo, pleaded no contest to molesting two young California girls in the 1990s and was sentenced Friday to a year in jail, prosecutors in Los Angeles said.
A judge in Los Angeles also sentenced Rodriguez to 52 weeks of sexual-offender counseling and five years’ probation. If Rodriguez violates probation, he faces a six-year state prison term.
Rodriguez, 67, was arrested in September in Los Angeles County and charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.
Rodriguez is part of the singing group Cecilio & Kapono, which formed on Oahu’s North Shore in 1973 when Rodriguez and Henry Kapono were introduced by mutual friends. Kapono could not immediately be reached for comment Friday. At the time of his musical partner’s arrest, Kapono expressed shock and said he was saddened for Rodriguez and heartbroken for the family involved.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said Rodriguez was on tour and staying with the victims’ family in Carson, Calif., at various times when the assaults occurred, Hawaii News Now reported. One victim was between 7 and 8 years old at the time, and the other was between 8 and 9.
Rodriguez is expected to surrender to police on March 9.
Both victims, sisters who are now adults, tearfully told the judge that Rodriguez violated their parents’ trust, KHON-TV reported.
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