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School custodian accused of fondling student makes court appearance

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The substitute custodian at Kanoelani Elementary School had his first court appearance Thursday.  

James Holt, 53, of Wahiawa arrived with his attorney, Victor Bakke. 

"We are denying all the allegations," says Bakke. 

Bakke says police rushed to make an arrest.

"There was no investigation in this case, evidently the allegation was made on Wednesday, my client was arrested, and he was charged on Friday.  I don't see how there was any investigation done in that short period of time," he says. 

Bakke also says police used a process called a 'show up,' that's when an officer drives the victim by the suspect and asks if this was the person who committed the crime.  Bakke says 'show ups' are tainted, especially in a case like this, where the victim is so young and can easily be influenced.

The boy, a student at the school, told a teacher that he was using the bathroom about 10:30 last Wednesday morning when someone fondled him.  Holt was arrested several hours later on campus.

He has been an employee with the Department of Education for 14 years and has passed numerous background checks.  

He has been terminated from the DOE.

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