24 Jun '11, 1am

A man was charged with slapping a Hawaiian monk seal and fined US$100

A man was charged with slapping a Hawaiian monk seal and fined US$100

HONOLULU - TOUCHING an endangered Hawaiian monk seal will cost a 19-year-old man US$100 (S$124). The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported on Thursday that Cameron Cayaban pleaded guilty in federal court to harassing, harming or pursuing an endangered species. A federal magistrate judged imposed US$100 in fines and fees. Cayaban was charged with slapping a Hawaiian monk seal at Kalaeloa's White Plains Beach in March. His lawyer says Cayaban was overcome when he saw the seal, ran up to the endangered animal and touched it. Witnesses reported it to military police. -- AP

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