Woman charged with sexually assaulting exchange student

A woman who ran a boarding house for students from Japan has been indicted on charges she sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy. 

Rika Shimizu was indicted on five counts of second degree sex assault and four counts of fourth degree sex assault.

Court records show that between October of last year and February, Shimizu had snuck into the boy's room in the middle of the night and forced him to have sex. Records say that when he threatened to report her to police, she told him that she would say that he raped her.  

"This woman knew that she was embraced and the fiduciary for this young child and she took full advantage of it to the extent of threatening this young boy if he were to say anything," says P. Gregory Frey, attorney for the victim's family.

The boy eventually told his mother who then flew from Japan and reported it to Honolulu Police. The family's attorney tells us they had trusted Shimizu to take care of the boy because they wanted him to learn the language and the culture of Hawaii.

"And therefore he by the approval of his family had no reason at all but to 100 percent unqualified trust that was repeatedly violated," says Frey.

Frey says the teen is now seeing a therapist and is living with a guardian known to the family. At the therapist's recommendation, the boy will remain in school here. 

"This boy is feeling nothing but fright, humiliation, victimization, he is absolutely the furthest from anything that might be whoa look what happened to me," he says.

Shimizu is in custody at OCCC, unable to post bail of $600,000. 

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