Man's statement can't be used in sex abuse trial

Man's statement can't be used in sex abuse trial

HONOLULU (AP) - A judge says self-incriminating statements a former girls' school teacher made about sex abuse allegations can't be used during his trial because the student's father was standing next to him when he spoke to police.

Circuit Judge Glenn Kim ruled any admissions William Plourde made were involuntary.

Plourde was fired from Sacred Hearts Academy over allegations of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ( ) reported Tuesday the girl's father threatened to throw him off a balcony if Plourde didn't confess to police. Plourde says he did what the father told him to do because he was terrified.

Kim earlier threw out a statement Plourde gave a detective because the detective continued to question him after Plourde said he didn't know whether he wanted a lawyer.

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