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Former Kapolei HS teacher's aide accused of sexually assaulting student

Kapolei High School Kapolei High School
Jonathan Medeiros Jonathan Medeiros

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KAPOLEI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man who served as an educational assistant and football coach at Kapolei High during the just-completed school year is accused of sexually assaulting a female student.

Jon Medeiros, 24, of Makakilo was taken into police custody Monday on suspicion of third-degree sex assault. Students attending summer session were shocked by the allegations.

"I feel like you can't really trust anybody, like you really have to watch your back," Aubrey Real, Kapolei High senior, said. "So I kind of feel unsafe."

A 15-year-old girl told investigators that the teacher's aide took her into his car, kissed her, and then reached into her top and fondled her. The suspect is also accused of sending sexually-explicit messages to the student's cell phone.

"I just, that's pretty hard to believe, especially, you know, he's like very hard-working, seems to be," Armon Coronel, Kapolei High junior, said.

The alleged victim and her mother filed for a temporary restraining order against Medeiros on May 31st. According to court records, a TRO valid for three years was granted Monday.

A 14-year-old female student is making similar accusations. Court records indicate that she obtained a one-year, stay-away order against the suspect Tuesday.

The volunteer football coach for the Hurricanes was a senior slotback for the University of Hawaii in 2009.

"He graduated from our school and he came back to help out and he's coaching now, football," Coronel said. "It just shows how much he's dedicated. So I don't know, it's hard to believe."

"The safety of our students is paramount," Sandy Goya, state Department of Education spokesperson, said. "The Department of Education and the school will cooperate with the police investigation. The individual is no longer employed by the department."

Educational assistants are 10-month employees of the department. DOE officials say Medeiros resigned at the end of this past school year.

Police released the suspect while they continue to investigate. Hawaii News Now went to his Makakilo Drive residence, where a family member declined comment.

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