Cecilio Rodriguez of the beloved Hawaii band Cecilio and Kapono has been arrested in California on charges of child molestation charges. More specifically, Rodriguez, 66, was arrested at a home in Carson, California on a warrant by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Tuesday evening. He is charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.
As sad as this is, it isn’t the first time that Rodriguez has been charged with a sex crime. In December of 1994, Rodriguez pleaded no contest to second-degree attempted sex assault. He spent two days in jail as part of his deferred acceptance of no contest plea, according to court documents.
Cecilio Rodriguez has been running into a lot of problems with the law lately. Along with these latest sexual charges, Rodriguez was also recently stopped here in Hawaii and charged with a DUI. He was found guilty last month on the DUI charge, and was sentenced to 240 hours of community service and a $500 fine. It was his second drunk driving arrest in three years.
A statement was released immediately from Henry Kapono – the other half of Cecilio and Kapono. It read as follows:
“I am currently on vacation at Disneyland with my family and have just recently learned about Cecilio’s arrest in Los Angeles. I have received many calls from media and friends. I have not spoken with him and only know what has been reported in the media. I did not see this coming. I am saddened for Cecilio and heart broken for the family involved. My heart and prayers go out to them.”
This month, Cecilio performed with Henry Kapono in several cities as part of the Cecilio and Kapono “Back in the Day” concert tour. That tour just wrapped up less than a week ago in Redondo Beach, California, this according to the band’s website.
It looks like it hasn’t been a “good time together” lately. Could there even be more victims from the past? More on this as it develops.