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Man who sexually assaulted special ed student asks for leniency

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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - An educational assistant at an Oahu public school, who admits he sexually assaulted a special education student, tried to avoid prison time Friday.

Prosecutors say he gave the victim a sexually-transmitted disease.

Gregory Keau, 30, asked the judge for probation at his sentencing. Prosecutors sought a 22-year prison term.

Deputy prosecutor Thalia Murphy says Keau took a 17-year-old girl with mild mental retardation to a classroom at McKinley High School and sexually assaulted her. A co-worker caught him in the act and turned him in.

"I'm extremely sorry for my irresponsible, immoral, unethical and unmindful actions," Keau told the court. "I feel great remorse for all the pain, anger and embarrassment that I've caused to everyone."

The judge called Keau's conduct an egregious breach of trust, and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

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