Half of the beloved Hawaii group Cecilio and Kapono will serve only 1-year in prison after pleading “no contest” to child molestation charges. While other incidents have come out, Cecilio Rodriguez was only pleading no contest to sexually molesting two young sisters in Los Angeles 16 years ago.
Deputy District Attorney Adrian Roxas said Rodriguez, 67, pleaded to sexually molesting the first victim between 1996 and 1998, and sexually molesting her sister between 1997 and 1999. He was given a six-year suspended sentence
He will report to the Los Angeles County Jail on March 9.
Both victims of Cecilio Rodriguez were in court today, and both were tearful as they told Superior Court Judge Gary Hahn how Rodriguez had violated their parents’ trust. This according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. They were accompanied by their parents.
Judge Hahn ordered Rodriguez to serve 365 days in jail and 52 weeks of sexual offender counseling and placed him on five years probation. If he violates his probation, he faces a six-year prison term.
This seems like a slap on the wrist and nothing more. News broke a few months ago that Cecilio Rodriguez had been accused and then charged on child molestation charges. Weeks past and other stories came out about past concerns regarding Rodriguez and his past sexual problems with minors.
Again, this punishment does not seem to fit the crime, especially given the history of the complaints against him. This seems like a multiple incident situation. If several have been reported, how many more are there that haven’t?
To prove my point; Rodriguez was convicted of attempted sexual assault 18 years ago in Hawaii County. He pleaded no contest to attempted sexual assault in the second degree in 1994 and was sentenced to one year in jail, 500 hours of community service and mandatory participation in a sex-offender treatment program.
Anyway, this looks to be a done deal. Even though there are other incidents, Cecilio Rodriguez will serve his year and then be out. We will see what happens after that.