NAALEHU, Hawaii (AP) A Big Island prosecutor says a man indicted on molestation charges knew the victims through a church in a remote Kau community.
Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Burleson tells Hawaii Tribune-Herald that Nicholas Krivanek knew the underage victims through Ocean View Evangelical Community Church.
The 69-year-old Ocean View man is accused of molesting two girls under 14 between 2007 and 2011. He couldn't be reached for comment Thursday at Hawaii Community Correctional Center, where he's being held on $50,000 bail.
A former church official says Krivanek was removed as deacon and youth mentor after he confessed to church elders in 2011.
Larry Fisher, who was secretary of the elders in 2011, says Krivanek was allowed to remain a church member on the condition that he doesn't have anything to do with children.