Ex-basketball coach accused of sexual abuse
HONOLULU — The state Department of Education opened an investigation into a former assistant basketball coach at Honolulu’s Punahou School being accused of sexually abusing two former students.
Punahou President Jim Scott sent a letter home to families last week that said two former students reported being sexually abused by the former girls basketball coach.
“We are shocked and disturbed by these allegations,” Scott said in the letter. “We are conducting an independent internal investigation and are committed to cooperating fully with the Honolulu Police Department. We are supporting our former students throughout this process by providing access to counseling.”
The department said the ex-coach is a second-grade teacher at Momilani Elementary School in Pearl City, Oahu, but was placed on “department directed leave.”
Scott said the former coach was employed by Punahou School from 2001-04. The alleged abused took place from 2005-06, after the coach was no longer employed by the school.
The former coach also was affiliated with the Hawaii Storm. The community club basketball team sent a letter to parents Saturday about the allegations.
The club has since terminated the former coach’s affiliation with the program and offered families a refund if they decide to withdraw their children.