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Hawaii teacher to return to Arizona on sex charges

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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii special education teacher isn't fighting extradition to Arizona where she's accused of having sex with a student.

Deborah Hoshiyama appeared in a Honolulu courtroom Thursday for an extradition hearing. Defense attorney Jason Burks says she waives extradition.

She's accused of having a sexual relationship with a student in 2008 while a teacher in Avondale, Arizona.

Burks says she moved to Waikiki a few months ago with her fiance and two children. He says she wasn't hiding.

He says the allegations surfaced seven years ago and Hoshiyama spoke with police, but nothing came of it. He says she wasn't hiding when authorities arrested her early Tuesday.

Principal Jeff Vilardi says she began working at the Voyager Public Charter School in Honolulu on Nov. 7. She's suspended with pay.

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