Former Pacific U cornerback arrested on rape charges

The football player was arrested in Hawaii

Kunishima-Takushi was arrested in Hawaii. October 5, 2016, (Honolulu County Sheriff's Office)
Kunishima-Takushi was arrested in Hawaii. October 5, 2016, (Honolulu County Sheriff's Office)

FOREST GROVE, Ore. (KOIN) — A former Pacific University football player has been arrested for rape.

Police say it happened more than once — both on and off campus.

Authorities say 20-year-old Kasen Kunishima-Takushi was taken into custody on Tuesday in Hawaii, where goes to school now.

Forest Grove police said those rapes were reported in November 2015.

It’s unknown at this time if Kunishima-Takushi was playing football for Pacific University at the time the alleged crimes took place. He is listed in the 2014 roster but not the 2015 roster. The school declined to say if he was playing at the time the rapes were reported.

Police say the incidents took place both on and off campus.

A grand jury has indicted him on two counts each of rape and sodomy.

This comes as Pacific University is facing a $3 million lawsuit. A woman is suing after she said she was raped in late 2013.

The victim in that case says more needs to be done to help victims.

“They don’t offer very much support, if any at all,” she said. “They don’t give the right direction. And every time something like this happens, I have to relive it all again and it’s all brought up and it’s so fresh once again.”

As for Kunishima-Takushi, he has an extradition hearing on Thursday morning in Honolulu.

A Pacific University spokesman said the school does not comment on active legal matters.