Kapolei counselor charged with solicitating minor for sex pleads not guilty

Kapolei counselor charged with solicitating minor for sex pleads not guilty
Kendrick Padilla (Image: Honolulu Police Department mug shot)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Kapolei high School counselor accused of soliciting an underage prostitute pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday.

Prosecutors say he met the girl after answering an online ad and recognized her as one of his former students.

If convicted, Padilla faces up to five years in prison.

Padilla remains on paid leave, pending the investigation.

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