Ex-Marine Allegedly Raped Child At Waikiki Hotel

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S.C. Man Accused Of Raping Child At Waikiki Hotel

Court Documents Say Man Beat Victim’s Father Unconscious

POSTED: 9:43 pm HST September 19, 2008
UPDATED: 11:56 am HST September 23, 2008

HONOLULU — A 27-year-old South Carolina man accused of raping a 10-year-old girl at a Waikiki hotel appeared in court on Friday.

The father of the victim befriended Christopher Cantrell.

Cantrell and the victim’s father were with his 10-year-old daughter at the pool deck of the Waikiki Banyan Hotel late Tuesday night, according to court documents.

Then Cantrell accompanied the man and his daughter up to their hotel room. It was there Cantrell asked to take nude photos of Martindale’s daughter, court document said. That is when Martindale said Cantrell physically assaulted him.

The child told police Cantrell repeatedly punched her father knocking him unconscious. Cantrell took the child to the laundry room where he sexually assaulted her, according to the documents.

Shortly after that Cantrell and the child returned to the pool deck. Hotel security became suspicious and apprehended Cantrell until police officers arrived.

Documents disclosed the child later identified Cantrell to officials as the man who raped her.

Kapiolani Medical Center’s Sex Abuse Treatment Center’s Executive Director Adriana Ramelli said parents need to talk to their children about inappropriate touching.

“(They) need to be able to tell their child ‘If this happens to you, tell me right away. You are not to blame,'” Ramelli said.

She said in the recent case the child victim showed a lot of courage by telling police about the
assault.

Cantrell is being held on $200,000 bail. His next court date is set for Tuesday.

Source: http://www.kitv.com/print/17519045/detail.html

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