A Honolulu police officer was arrested Tuesday night in Waikiki on suspicion of attempted bribery, prostitution and the unauthorized use of a computer, according to statements from Hawaii law enforcement agencies.

The Hawaii Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday morning that officer Maulia Labarre was arrested by state investigators and booked by the sheriff’s department.

Labarre, who is a former University of Hawaii volleyball player, has been released pending further investigation. He has not been officially charged, and no additional details about the allegations were available Wednesday morning.

The Honolulu Police Department has seen several of its officers put in handcuffs or booked into jail over the past several years.
The Honolulu Police Department has seen several of its officers put in handcuffs or booked into jail over the past several years. Cory Lum/CIvil Beat/2016

Honolulu Police Department Deputy Chief Marie McCauley issued a statement on Labarre’s arrest, although she did not mention him by name.

She said Labarre has eight years of experience with the department and that he has had his police powers restricted. Labarre, who worked in District 1, which covers downtown, Chinatown, Tantalus and Makiki, been placed on unpaid leave.

“The Honolulu Police Department holds its personnel to a higher standard of conduct,” McCauley said. “Illegal or unethical behavior is not tolerated and any alleged breach of these standards is taken very seriously.”

She added that an internal administrative investigation has been launched.

Labarre’s arrest is the latest in a string of embarrassing arrests and missteps by HPD officers and the department, which is also under a cloud due to a wide-ranging federal investigation into Police Chief Louis Kealoha for alleged corruption and abuse of power.

Earlier this month, officer Brent Sylvester was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

A report in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser said Sylvester received special treatment from his colleagues after the arrest because he did not have to submit to breath, blood or urine sampling, which is a requirement under state law for other drivers involved in accidents involving injury or death.

Maulia A. Labarre
Maulia A. Labarre Hawaii Department of Public Safety

In January, a lawsuit was filed against HPD and officer Ming Wang for an incident in which he was seen on a cell phone video beating a man with his baton. The Honolulu Prosecuting Attorneys’ Office said at the time that it was reviewing the incident to determine if charges should be filed.

The Attorney General’s Office is also pursuing assault charges against HPD officer Siave Seti, who was caught on a cell phone video slamming a man onto the sidewalk.

Several more officers have been arrested, charged or convicted of serious crimes over the past few years, including former officer Vincent Morre, who was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after he was caught on surveillance video attacking patrons inside a game room.

Two of Morre’s colleagues, Nelson Tamayori and Joe Becera, were also charged with federal crimes for trying to cover-up the incident.

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