Ex-Marine charged with assaulting girl
By Nelson Daranciang
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 24, 2008
A man kicked out of the Marine Corps is accused of raping a 10-year-old girl after assaulting the girl’s father in a Waikiki hotel last week, said Vickie Kapp, deputy city prosecutor.
An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging Christopher Cantrell, 27, on five counts of sexual assault in the first degree, one count of sexual assault in the third degree, promoting child abuse, kidnapping, burglary and assault.
The first-degree child-abuse charge alleges that Cantrell produced or participated in the preparation of child pornography.
Police said Cantrell committed the crimes about 3 a.m. Wednesday at the Waikiki Banyan condominium-hotel.
Kapp said Cantrell “kidnapped and sexually assaulted the 10-year-old daughter of a man who had befriended him.”
Cantrell was in the victims’ 12th-floor hotel room where, the girl told police, he punched her father in the face until her father fell to the ground unconscious. She said Cantrell then forced her into the 10th-floor laundry room, where he sexually assaulted her.
Two security guards detained him until police arrived.
Kapp said Cantrell was dishonorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2005 and had spent three years in confinement. Information regarding the crime or crimes for which he was court-martialed were not available.
He remains in custody unable to post $200,000 bail.