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Hilo Man Detained in Alleged
Restroom Peeping Incident

Posted 10:29 PM HST, April 4, 2012

Faavae E. Tuinei. Photo courtesy HPD.

By Wendy Osher

A Hilo man was charged with violations of privacy after two alleged peeping reports surfaced of a man using a cell phone to record females in public bathrooms.

Faavae E. Tuinei, 35, was arrested on Saturday night after relatives of a 13-year-old victim helped to detain the man  in Pana’ewa.

The man was allegedly observed using a cell phone in an adjacent stall to record the young girl who was using a public restroom.

An hour earlier, a separate report was made in Hilo.  Police say Tuinei allegedly used a cell phone in a bathroom stall to record a 24-year-old woman in an adjacent stall, but left the area on foot when confronted by a witness.

Tuinei was being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Tuinei was charged on Monday with two counts of first-degree violation of privacy.

His initial court appearance was held on Tuesday afternoon in South Hilo District Court.

***Supporting information courtesy Hawai’i Island Police.

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  • pompeo

    What a sicko! Good job catching him. The police say they discourage confrontation, but if they waited for the police to arrive, the guy would’ve gotten away.

  • not in hawaii

    Can’t believe there are people like this.  Thanks for posting the picture – people need to see the consequences of violating our youth and young women. Shame on him.  I hope the judge makes him carry a sign saying what he did, like how they used to do on Maui.

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