WAILUKU - An Oahu man was ordered to undergo sex offender treatment and was placed on five years' probation Thursday after having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl he was caring for three years ago on Molokai.
Ivan G. Graham, 64, was ordered by the court to register as a sex offender and to have no contact with the victim or her family.
The teenager was being cared for by Graham, who is her stepgrandfather, and his wife. She was sexually assaulted early in the morning of Dec. 24, 2011, while visiting family members on Molokai.
"She was adopted at a young age (by Graham) . . . and the defendant took advantage of this trust," Deputy Prosecutor Iwalani Mountcastle told the court.
Mountcastle said the girl's mother has served time in jail for drug offenses and her father was absent, so she and her older sister were adopted by Graham. She added that the girl has bounced among family members due to the traumatic experience, and that the girl's older sister is seeking to gain custody of her from Child Protective Services.
"She now has little trust for those around her, even for those trying to take care of her," Mountcastle said.
Graham apologized to his wife, family and the court for his "selfishness" and realizes that "time isn't on my side" to change his life around.
"I hope they will forgive me, and I will do whatever I can to get my daughters back and be a family again," he said.
Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza agreed to follow a plea agreement in sentencing Graham, who had pleaded no contest to two counts of third-degree sexual assault.
"It's good you seek forgiveness and that you're pursuing treatment," Cardoza told Graham. "Hopefully, you'll apply what you've learned with the rest of your life."