Former Pacific student pleads not guilty

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Former Pacific University student Kasen Kunishima-Takushi is currently awaiting a pre-trial hearing set for Nov. 14, after pleading not guilty to rape charges in Washington County Circuit Court.

Kunishima-Takushi, who pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of fourth-degree assault, was released after posting $52,000 bond of his $520,000 bail According to Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKay, Kunishima-Takushi and his attorney will offer a plea at the pretrial hearing.

Kunishima-Takushi was a student at Pacific during the 20142015 academic year and for the first two months of the 2015-2016 academic year. After he was expelled from Pacific, he returned to his home state of Hawaii and enrolled in Hawaii Monoa.

Kunishima-Takushi was accused of assaulting a female student in 2015. He was arrested in Hawaii in 2016 on a warrant by the Forest Grove Police Department and extradited to Oregon.


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