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A Member of A Popular Hawaiian Duo Charged in L.A. Sex Crime

A member of Cecilio and Kapono, one of Hawaii’s most popular musical groups, has pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court to sex crime allegations. According to a criminal complaint, Cecilio Rodriguez,66, is charged with committing lewd and lascivious acts in Los Angeles County with a child younger than 14.

According to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, the victims are sisters and reported the crime to the Sheriff’s Department in June.

According to the criminal complaint, the first incident allegedly took place between Nov. 6,1997 and Nov 5, 1999. The second incident occured between May 6, 1996 and May 5, 1998.

Cecilio and Kapono, also known as “C&K”, was formed in Oahu’s North Shore in 1973. The duo has been on tour in California.

Rodriguez was being held in Los Angeles County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail, according to the department’s booking records. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct.13 at the Compton Courthouse.

A conviction of a sex crime against a minor can bear very harsh penalties. It is important that you hire a knowledgable attorney equipped with the necessary skills to defend your rights. If you or a loved one are being accused of a sex crime, contact our office today at (213) 542-0979. The sex crime attorneys at the Hedding Law Firm have an extensive amount of experience with these types of cases and will work hard to get the best possible outcome for your unique case.