Follow Up: Sexual Assault Report

What updates can the authorities provide?

News Writer Tenika Toya

Photographer Elizabeth Lough

UHH Security Office

As Ke Kalahea earlier reported, an email was sent out on Feb. 12, 2017, alerting the UH Hilo student body of a possible assault on campus. The sexual assault occurred the night before, on Feb. 11. More specifically, “The student walked into the security office and reported it,” stated Darrell Mayfield, director of UH Hilo Campus Security.

Mayfield indicated that the alleged assault occurred under the street bridge behind the dorms. Mayfield declined to specify further: near Nowelo Street and the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM), or near Lanikaula Street and Hale Kehau dorms.

After security received the report, they turned the case over to the university’s Title IX office and the Hawai’i Police Department (HPD) in Hilo.

“We are currently conducting an investigation and if charges are to be made, we'll turn the case over to the district attorney’s office,” stated HPD Major Sam Thomas.

When asked about the ramifications of the reported assault, a few students felt inclined to comment: “I got the email but I never knew what happened after that. All I knew was that something happened on campus,” said Julia Haitt, a business and marketing major.

Of the students asked about the report, very few knew what happened, and then wanted to know more. “Yeah. I didn't even know that that happened,” said another student, who declined to identify herself due to the sensitive nature of the story.

Likewise, for the protection and privacy of those involved, Campus Security and HPD have declined to comment further on the nature of the report.

If you have any additional information regarding this story, contact Ke Kalahea at: uhhkk@hawaii.edu