DOE investigating ex-Punahou coach accused of sexual abuse

DOE investigating ex-Punahou coach accused of sexual abuse

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Education is now investigating a former Punahou School assistant basketball coach accused of sexually abusing two former students.

The former coach, whose current job is a second-grade teacher at Momilani Elementary School, was placed on "department directed leave" as a result of the allegations, the DOE said.

This comes two days after Punahou President Jim Scott sent a letter home to families that two former students reported they were were sexually abused by a former assistant coach of the girls basketball team.

In the letter, Scott said the coach was employed by the school from 2001 to 2004. The alleged abused took place from 2005 to 2006, after the coach was no longer employed by the school.

"We are shocked and disturbed by these allegations," Scott said, in the letter. "We are conducting an independent internal investigation and are committed to cooperating fully with the Honolulu Police Department. We are supporting our former students throughout this process by providing access to counseling."

He also said that 95 percent of faculty and 90 percent of coaches at Punahou have gone through sexual misconduct training.

Hawaii News Now has also learned the coach in question was also affiliated with a community-based basketball team – Hawaii Storm -- who say they were unaware of the allegations until announced by Punahou.

Parents of club team players received a letter on Saturday, assuring them that Hawaii Storm has not received any complaints about the former Punahou coach.

His affiliation with the group has since been terminated and the program has offered families a refund if they decide to withdraw their children.

This story will be updated.

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