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HONOLULU (AP) - A Honolulu police officer is expected to plead guilty to depriving a homeless man of his civil rights by forcing him to lick a public urinal.

Defendant John Rabago’s attorney Megan Kau said Tuesday he plans to plead guilty to an indictment because he wants to accept responsibility.

Court records show a change of plea hearing is scheduled for Dec. 16.

A former officer also charged with Rabago pleaded guilty in September to failing to report that Rabago forced the homeless man to lick the urinal.

Reginald Ramones, who left the department in August, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge that he knew a fellow officer committed a civil rights violation and didn't inform authorities.

Ramones says Rabago convinced him not to report it.

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