Molester now owes victim $2.5 million
By Jim Dooley
Advertiser Staff Writer
Serial sexual predator Michael Stephens yesterday was served with a $2.5 million court judgment on behalf of one of his victims.
Stephens, 58, is serving a 20-year prison sentence for molesting a special-education student here in 1990.
Stephens also pleaded guilty in January to second-degree sex assault of an 18-year-old in the early 1990s while he was on probation in the first case.
He received another five-year prison sentence in that case yesterday from Circuit Judge Randal Lee.
That term will run at the same time as his 20-year sentence.
Deputy prosecuting attorney Thalia Murphy said Stephens called "his seduction of young boys a hobby."
Stephens "didn't want to cheat on his girlfriend so he would seduce young boys," Murphy said.
Murphy read a letter from the 18-year-old victim, who is now in his 30s.
The victim said he and his friends in Mānoa "thought the defendant was cool" because he would "give them alcohol."
But Stephens is "a sexual predator, a stalker," the victim said.
The victim sued Stephens in 1993 and won a $634,000 judgment in 1996.
Stephens fled the state in 1994 and was recaptured last year by federal marshals in Mexico, where he was living under an alias and operating a restaurant and other business interests.
He said in a court hearing last year that he was "a changed man" and asked Lee to allow him to return to Mexico, where he claimed to be looking after two adopted sons.
"I ask you to let me go home to my family. I ask for your mercy. I'm a changed man," Stephens said in August.
But Lee called Stephens a danger to the community and sentenced him to 20 years behind bars.
At the close of yesterday's sentencing, private investigator Steven Lane presented Stephens' attorney, Michael Green, with a copy of the 1996 civil judgment.
With interest compounded annually since the judgment was issued, Stephens owes his victim more than $2.5 million, according to Lane.