2 file complaints of misconduct at youth academy

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii National Guard says two teenage female cadets in the National Guard Youth Challenge Academy have filed complaints that two staff members engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct.

The National Guard says it contacted Honolulu police and started its own investigation.

Lt. Col. Chuck Anthony tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that two staff members were placed on unpaid suspension

The academy is in Kalaeloa. The misconduct was said to have occurred in October. The teens reported it last week.

Anthony says an investigation is going on and he could not say whether the incidents could be characterized as assault.

The Youth Challenge Academy enrolls at-risk youth age 16 to 18 in a military-style environment for 22 weeks as they study for high school diplomas and learn life skills.

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