EXCLUSIVE: Mother of ex-school aide's alleged sexting victim found texts 'disgusting'

Cody Onizuka
Cody Onizuka
Jennifer Cummings
Jennifer Cummings
Justin Mew
Justin Mew

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

NIU VALLEY (HawaiiNewsNow) - The mother of a former school aide's alleged sexting victim told investigators that she was disgusted when she read explicit messages on her 12-year-old daughter's cell phone.

Cody Onizuka, 25, is scheduled to be arraigned at Honolulu Circuit Court on August 8th. An Oahu grand jury on Tuesday indicted him on one count of third-degree promoting child abuse and one count of violating a restraining order.

"When I saw that, I said, my goodness, I'm glad he's not working with children anymore," Justin Mew, Niu Valley Middle School principal, said.

Parents waited outside Niu Valley Middle to pick up their kids after school. The hot topic of conversation among them -- the allegations that former teaching assistant Cody Onizuka exchanged sexual text messages with a 12-year-old girl.

"That it was happening so close to home and in our school system was scary," Jennifer Cummings, parent of Niu Valley Middle student, said.

The 25-year-old is accused of messaging the child in graphic detail the sexual acts he wanted to perform on her.

"I feel these texts that were sent to my 12 year old daughter are so disgusting, disturbing, and very inappropriate," the alleged victim's mother told police. "He talks about her being his girlfriend and loving her lots and can't wait to marry her and live together."

"It just kills you. It really does," Kelly Huntington, parent of Niu Valley Middle student, said. "If it was me, I would have gone after him."

The alleged victim's mother successfully petitioned for a restraining order against the suspect. It's good until 2013.

Authorities say Onizuka violated the order repeatedly, contacting the child and sending her new cell phones through third parties. He also allegedly obtained nude photos of the girl.

"I feel her welfare and safety are very compromised by Mr. Onizuka because he is so obsessed with her," the alleged victim's mother told police. "My daughter and I feel our lives are in great danger especially since he will not leave her alone."

Principal Justin Mew says he began hearing disturbing allegations within months of Onizuka's 2009 arrival at Niu Valley Middle.

"There were some complaints that I had fielded from both students, as well as their parents," he said.

The aide, who worked with special needs students, has since been fired.

Bail for Onizuka is set at $11,000. Efforts to reach him and/or his attorney for comment regarding the criminal case were unsuccessful.

Third-degree promoting child abuse is a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Violating a restraining order is a misdemeanor.

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