Former teacher indicted in student sex assault case

William Plourde
William Plourde

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former teacher at Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu was indicted Tuesday morning on sexual assault charges.

William Plourde, 53, was charged last week with seven counts of sexual assault following an alleged incident involving a teenage student.

Plourde who taught at the school for 29 years was dismissed on Wednesday just hours before his arrest.

On Friday morning Plourde was charged with one count of first-degree sexual assault and six counts of third-degree sexual assault.

"We do not want to be defined by this one horrific incident," said Sacred Hearts Head of School Betty White, "Any allegations, any complaints, against any teacher has to be investigated. I am professionally bound by law to do so," said White.

Plourde is being held at Oahu Community Correctional Center unable to post $200,000 bail.

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