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Rodriguez gets early release from L.A. jail

August 30, 2012
The Maui News

HONOLULU (AP) - One-half of a longtime, popular Hawaii musical duo has been released early from a Los Angeles jail because of overcrowding.

Cecilio Rodriguez was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading no contest to molesting two young California girls in the 1990s.

But according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records, 67-year-old Rodriguez was released July 17.

A spokesperson said he was released after serving nearly five months because of jail overcrowding.

Rodriguez is part of Cecilio & Kapono, which formed on Oahu's North Shore in 1973.

Prosecutors say Rodriguez was on tour and staying with the victims' family in Carson, Calif., at various times when the molestation occurred.

He was also sentenced to 52 weeks of sexual-offender counseling and five years' probation.



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