Cadet at Youth Challenge Academy alleges staff member sexually assaulted her

Cadet at Youth Challenge Academy alleges staff member sexually assaulted her
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HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police are investigating after a female cadet at Hawaii Youth Challenge Academy's Hilo campus alleged a male staff member "touched her inappropriately," officials said.

The state Department of Defense said the allegation was made Tuesday night.

Youth Challenge personnel contacted police following the investigation, opened an investigation of its own and notified the cadet's family.

The Hawaii Youth Challenge Academy offers a five-month residential program for at-risk teens.

In addition to the campus in Hilo, there's one at Kalaeloa.

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