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EXCLUSIVE: 5 former Deaf and Blind School students prosecuted

Several former students at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind have been prosecuted as part of the sex assault scandal at the Waikiki school, Hawaii News Now has learned.

The students were prosecuted as minors in Hawaii Family Court and have completed their sentences, prosecutors and attorneys for victims said.

"Two of them, to the best of my knowledge, were given terms of incarceration in juvenile facilities and the others were given probation," said Eric Seitz, an attorney for several abuse.

The news comes as a former teacher's aide, 36-year-old Alfie Lumabas, was indicted by an Oahu grand jury on Wednesday for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old deaf girl.

The sex assault scandal has been a huge black eye for the Department of Education as the state has been forced to pay $5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by former students.

The lawsuit alleged that students routinely robbed, raped and even gang raped younger, smaller classmates while administrators did nothing about the problem.

"Even when incidents came to light they didn't take them seriously or investigate them, and so the whole situation was perpetuated for what amounts to generations of kids who went to school there," Seitz said.

Chris Bouslog represents the 14-year-old girl who was allegedly assaulted by the teacher's aide. He said his client was not only victimized by Lumabas.

"She was sexually assaulted by another student while attending the school and was subjected to inappropriate contact and messaging from an adult staffer," Bouslog said.

According to the indictment, Lumabas sexually assaulted the girl in February 2005. The girl was staying at the campus dormitory at the time.

Lumabas, who is on the mainland, could not be reached. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

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