Ex-basketball coach ac­cused of sex­ual abuse

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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