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EXCLUSIVE: 2 suspects in McKinley High sex assault case now behind bars for other sex crimes

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Felicion Charles (Image: Hawaii News Now) Felicion Charles (Image: Hawaii News Now)
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Two years ago, the mother of a former McKinley High School student sued the Department of Education and school officials, alleging that her mentally disabled daughter had been repeatedly sexually assaulted on campus.

Her lawyers, Susan Dorsey and Eric Ferrer, now say they have identified several of the girl's alleged assailants. Their names were redacted in court filings, but Hawaii News Now has learned that they include two men now serving in prison for sexually assaulting other women.

"Finding out where they are now and what they've done is just ... like a nightmare, it's like how?" said the mother. "I was so disgusted."

One of the two men is Felicion Charles, who was a senior when he allegedly sexually assaulted the ex-McKinley girl. Charles is now serving 16 years to life in Colorado after he was convicted for breaking into a woman's apartment and sexually assaulting her at gun point.  

The other alleged perpetrator is Joey Aurios Munos, who's serving time in Halawa prison for parole violations for sex assault.

"My daughter, when this had happened, she was put into the hospital for three months," said the mother. "Because of all of this, she has PTSD now, because she doesn't know how to function and cope with all of the things that have happened to her in school."

The girl is mentally disabled with the cognitive abilities of a third grader. Prior to going to McKinley, she attended the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind, where she was also sexually assaulted by other students.

According to her lawsuit, McKinley teachers were aware of the problem but did nothing about it. When questioned about the incidents, one teacher said he never reported them to the principal and vice principal, and did not tell her mother.

The Department of Education declined comment. But in court documents, DOE's attorneys said the sex was not only consensual but that the girl had sought it out.

Disability rights advocates question that legal strategy.  

"I don't think you can have consent in a situation like that and I think the law generally would presume that a person with severe disabilities is not in a position to give consent," said Louis Erteschik, executive director of the Hawaii Disability Rights Center.

Hawaii News has learned that the DOE wants to depose the girl, which her mother says will traumatize her again.

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