Private school athletics director seeks leniency in drug case

Peter Marrack
Peter Marrack

By Minna Sugimoto  bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A private school athletics director, who pleaded guilty to possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia, asked an Oahu judge for a chance to wipe his record clean Monday.

Flanked by his many supporters, and dressed to the nines, Brad Kitsu prepares for his sentencing.

At the time of his drug arrest, he was the athletics director and an English teacher at Academy of the Pacific.

"For the last 14 years, I've dedicated my life to bettering the community," Kitsu said through tears.

Police arrested him after a parcel, containing nearly 2 lbs. of marijuana, was sent to his Kukui Plaza apartment last year.

His friend, co-defendant Wayne Morris Roe, took responsibility for the drug delivery. But during a search, officers discovered more than an ounce of marijuana and a drug pipe in Kitsu's apartment.

"I stand before you humbly to ask for your leniency and your forgiveness," Kitsu told the judge.

Kitsu requests a conditional discharge, which means he could keep the crime off his record if he stays out of trouble for five years.

But prosecutors want jail time and probation, saying a man who's been arrested before doesn't deserve another break.

"Defendant did have a prior chance to keep his record clean when he had a prior deferral for two assaults," Peter Marrack, deputy prosecutor, said.

The judge grants the conditional discharge, drawing applause from Kitsu's family and friends.

"This past year has been very difficult for me, living with the shame and disappointment I've brought upon my parents, my family, my friends, my students," Kitsu said.