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Ashida’s son arrested on abuse charge

The Office of the County Prosecutor has declined to prosecute the son of Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida on a misdemeanor domestic abuse charge.

A motion filed by Deputy Prosecutor Mike Kagami and approved Nov. 2 by Hilo Family Court Judge Anthony Bartholomew stated that the office had a conflict of interest and “this matter will be referred to the Attorney General’s Office.”

According to a police log, Scott Tetsuro Ashida, 18, was arrested at the family’s home and charged on Nov. 1. He was released on $1,000 bail.

According to court documents, the victim is his younger sister, a minor.

Ashida, a former deputy prosecutor, lost a close race to Mitch Roth to be the next county prosecutor. A conflict would have arisen had Ashida won the contest.

Roth, who takes office in December, said Wednesday that he will let the state Attorney General’s Office handle the case.


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