Al­leged sex as­sault un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS - By TIF­FANY DEMASTERS Email Tif­fany DeMasters at tde­mas­ters@west­hawai­ito­

KAILUA-KONA — Au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a first-de­gree sex­ual as­sault that re­port­edly in­volved two high school stu­dents dur­ing a foot­ball game at Kon­awaena High School, school of­fi­cials con­firmed Tues­day.

The al­leged as­sault oc­curred Aug. 19. Art Souza, su­per­in­ten­dent of the Honokaa-Kealakehe-Ko­hala-Kon­awaena Com­plex Area, con­firmed the com­plex area and Hawaii Po­lice Depart­ment are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­leged sex­ual as­sault of a Kon­awaena High School stu­dent.

The sus­pect is a stu­dent at Kealakehe High School, he con­firmed.

Souza said the in­ci­dent was not re­ported to ad­min­is­tra­tion un­til four or five days after it al­legedly hap­pened. Of­fi­cials would not iden­tify the gen­der or age of the stu­dents in­volved.

Souza said the par­ents of the teens were no­ti­fied and are in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“What we’re con­cerned about is the safety and se­cu­rity of the stu­dents,” Souza said.

Wil­fred Mu­rakami, prin­ci­pal at Kealakehe, said the com­plex area has been work­ing with the stu­dents in­volved. He wouldn’t say whether the Kealakehe stu­dent was sus­pended be­cause it is against pol­icy to dis­cuss dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against a stu­dent.

“It’s un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and we’re do­ing fact find­ing since it didn’t hap­pen on our cam­pus,” Mu­rakami said about the al­leged in­ci­dent.

HPD Maj. Robert Wag­ner con­firmed au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sex­ual as­sault be­tween two teenagers. No ar­rests were re­ported as of press time Tues­day.

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