Man, police work is hard. Especially here on Maui. And nothing better illustrates this than the case of John Salomon, ex-Maui Police Officer.
According to today’s Maui News, Salomon is officially being charged with nine counts of allegedly exposing himself in Pukalani back on May 30. Nine counts–one of which involves Salomon allegedly exposing his genitals to a minor.
“Beginning shortly before 1 p.m. that day, police reported receiving ‘numerous calls regarding a male exposing his genitals and masturbating in a vehicle’ at the parking lots of Pukalani Terrace Center and Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center across the street,” The Maui News reported. “The suspect was driving a green Toyota 4Runner, police said.”
At the time, the identity of the perp remained unknown–or rather, unsaid. On June 3, Hawaii News Now reported that “multiple sources” told them that the Pukalani Flasher was a cop. “Multiple sources tell Hawaii News Now the man accused of exposing himself on Maui over the weekend is a Maui County police officer,” Hawaii News Now reported. “Police confirm five separate sexual assault in the fourth degree cases were initiated, but witnesses are upset because they say nothing has been done.”
And nothing was done. But about a week after that Hawaii News Now story came out, the Maui PD announced that they’d just arrested one of their own–John Salomon–for alleged drunk driving. Speculation flew around social media that Salomon was also the Pukalani Flasher, but the MPD kept its mouth shut. It was the same when Salomon got himself arrested again on June 27, this time for allegedly being drunk in public in Newport Beach, California.
The Pukalani Flasher case just kinda went away. Until today–more than three months after it allegedly happened–we finally find out that the MPD is alleging that Salomon is, in fact, the Pukalani Flasher.
Oh, and The Maui News also reported the MPD fired him. Salomon will be arraigned on Oct. 1, according to The Maui News.
Like we said: police work is very hard.
Photo of former MPD Officer John Salomon courtesy Maui Police Department