LIHU‘E — Michael Timothy Lach, 56, of Kapa‘a, was arrested Friday on a grand jury indictment. He is charged with two counts of sexual assault in the third degree for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile female.
The case began with an investigation involving alleged inappropriate touching of the female juvenile by Lach.
The Kaua‘i Police Department’s investigation, included the execution of a search warrant at Lach’s residence, resulted in the recovery and seizure of numerous electronic and storage devices, with electronic data being extracted from the devices.
KPD learned that Lach had been depositing money into the account of the female juvenile for some time, and that a video of the juvenile female was sent to Lach’s private email account.
The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Keola Siu. The lead investigator is Detective Chad Cataluna of KPD’s Investigative Services Bureau.
Lach was released after posting $20,000 bail.
He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on May 4 in Fifth Circuit Court.
An indictment is an accusation by a grand jury that a crime has been committed. Indicted individuals are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Source: The Garden Island