Police: Kamehameha Schools faculty member had sex with student on campus, at home

Police: Kamehameha Schools faculty member had sex with student on campus
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018 at 5:59 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kamehameha Schools assistant band director sexually assaulted a student multiple times on campus and at his and her home over a period nine months, new court documents allege.

And on at least one occasion, he allegedly emailed a colleague to get the child out of class so he could have sex with her.

James Maeda, 24, has pleaded not guilty to nine counts of first-degree sex assault and one count of third-degree sex assault.

Court documents released Thursday reveal the extent of the relationship he allegedly had with a student when she was 14 and 15. In the documents, the victim told police that her sexual relationship started in June and continued through this month.

She said they'd had oral sex and sexual intercourse multiple times at the Kapalama campus and at Maeda's home. The two also had sex at her home when her parents weren't there.

The most recent incident happened Feb. 14, she told police, when he asked her to come to a room off the school's Performing Arts Complex.

Maeda then emailed the girl's homeroom teacher to get her out of class. When she arrived, she told police, Maeda started "hugging and kissing" her. The two then had sex.

The student told officers that Maeda knew how old she was because he served as her teacher in a social service class. The age of consent in Hawaii is 16.

The court documents say the girl's mother found out about the relationship on Feb. 14, after stumbling across sexually explicit text messages on the student's phone.

Maeda was arrested and charged, and is out on $450,000 bail.

Kamehameha Schools has put Maeda on unpaid leave, and says it's cooperating with the police investigation.

The institution also sent a letter about the case to faculty and families: 

"Aloha mai kakou, I wanted to alert you to a difficult and sensitive situation on our High School Campus here at Kapalama.

As we have been heightening awareness about the safety of our haumana especially preventing, identifying, and reporting sexual abuse through strengthening our procedures, increasing training, and working to give students a stronger voice, we anticipate learning of additional incidences of abuse. We want all victims to feel safe to speak up, so that we can support them and learn how to better keep current and future students safe.

I recently learned about an alleged inappropriate relationship between a faculty member and one of our students. After receiving information pertaining to the allegation, the faculty member was immediately placed on indefinite administrative leave and we are cooperating fully with the Honolulu Police Department in its investigation.

To respect the privacy of our students and avoid interfering with the police investigation, we are limited in the information we can share at this time. Any behavior that jeopardizes the safety and well-being of our students, which includes by the predator or by any employee who fails to appropriately report suspected abuse, is completely unacceptable. I not only join the entire community in demanding more of us, I hold myself responsible for the safety of Kapalama students.

Kamehameha Schools does not tolerate inappropriate or abusive behavior of any kind. We are committed to the physical, mental and emotional safety and well-being of our students, spearheaded by the enterprise Malama Ola division. We encourage you and your children to let us know if you experience or witness anything that may be harmful to your child or anyone else through the Hi'ikua Help Line at 1-844-284-2640, or clicking on this link.

And as always I want you to feel safe and comfortable in sharing your mana'o with me or any KSK administrator or faculty member. I want to reaffirm my utmost dedication to the safety and well-being of our keiki. The safety of your keiki is our highest priority and we will always make time to work together to create a pu'uhonua for them to feel safe and thrive.

Mahalo a nui loa,

Dr. Taran Chun, Ed.D
Po'o Kula, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama"

The allegations came to light just days after Kamehameha Schools settled a massive sexual abuse case for $80 million following years of abuse by a school psychiatrist.

This story will be updated. 

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