Man charged in Maui dressing room sexual assault

Published On: Jun 04 2013 11:11:00 AM HST

Charles Cowans

WAILUKU, Hawaii -

A prosecutor says a man accused of a violent sexual attack on a woman in a Maui store dressing room had been released from jail the day before.
Charles Cowans is charged with kidnapping and sexual assault.  Police say he dragged a 33-year-old woman into a dressing room at a Maui Mall store on Friday, where he forcibly took off her clothes and sexually assaulted her.  Police say he punched and choked her when she tried to escape.
The Maui News reports his bail was increased Monday to $500,000.
Deputy Prosecutor Kristin Coccaro says the attack happened a day after he was released from jail.  On Friday, Cowan registered as a sex offender.

Court records show he was serving a one-year jail term for violating probation in a 1991 kidnapping and attempted assault case.

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