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Kapolei High counselor indicted for soliciting underage prostitute

Kendrick Padilla (Image: Honolulu Police Department mug shot) Kendrick Padilla (Image: Honolulu Police Department mug shot)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The underage prostitute a Kapolei High School counselor is accused of soliciting was one of his former students, prosecutors allege.

Counselor Kendrick Padilla, who was indicted Friday, allegedly found the girl advertising her services online.

When the runaway showed up at his house, sources say, Padilla asked her if she recognized him.

He told her who he was, and even showed her his school identification badge, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors say the girl wasn't sure if she should stay, but Padilla asked her not to leave.  

Last week, Hawaii News Now confronted the guidance counselor with the allegations. Padilla had no comment.

Sources say the accusations against Padilla didn't come to light until after the girl was arrested for prostitution in a separate undercover sting.  

Prosecutors say the victim was sent to a juvenile detention center. It was there that she told a counselor what happened with Padilla. The counselor contacted police.

Officials with the state Department of Education say that Padilla remains on paid leave pending an investigation. If convicted, Padilla could face up to five years in prison.

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