Kapa‘a Man Indicted on Sex Assault Charges
A Kapa‘a man was arrested Friday, April 23, after being indicted by Grand Jury on sexual assault charges of a juvenile female.
Fifty-six-year-old Michael Timothy Lach is accused of two counts of third-degree sexual assault. Lach was released after posting bail in the amount of $20,000. He will make his initial court appearance on May 4 in Fifth Circuit Court.
“The case began with an investigation involving alleged inappropriate touching of the female juvenile by Lach,” according to a press release from Kaua‘i County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. “Police Department’s investigation, included the execution of a search warrant at the residence of Lach, resulting in the recovery/seizure of numerous electronic and storage devices, with electronic data being extracted from the recovered/seized devices.”
KPD also learned that Lach had been depositing money into the account of the juvenile female for some time and that a video of the girl was sent to Lach’s private email account.
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.