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2 Kamehameha boys charged in sexual assault of boarder


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POSTED: Thursday, September 03, 2009

Two 13-year-old Kamehameha Middle School students were charged yesterday in connection with the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl on the Kapalama campus over the weekend.

Authorities charged one boy with sexual assault and burglary, and the other with three counts of burglary, sources said.

The girl, who is also a student, reported she was sexually assaulted between 1 a.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Monday, police said. The alleged crimes occurred in the Kamehameha Schools' campus dormitories, sources said.

Police arrested the boys Tuesday at the school on suspicion of six counts of first-degree sexual assault, three counts of third-degree sexual assault and three counts of kidnapping and burglary. The boys were held at the Alder Street detention facility, police said.

In response to a Star-Bulletin inquiry on whether the alleged crimes have prompted Kamehameha Schools to institute any policy changes in the dormitories or on campus, or whether any new safeguards were put in place, Kamehameha said in a written statement: “;Student safety is our primary concern and we are confident that our students are safe.”;

Kamehameha Middle School has 540 seventh- and eighth-grade students from Oahu and 100 from the neighbor islands, according to its Web site.

The middle school “;is where the Kamehameha Schools boarding program begins,”; the Web site says. Kamehameha Schools has students from elementary to high school level.

In 2003, a 17-year-old girl and her mother filed suit, alleging she was forced to leave the school in her sophomore year in 2001 because campus officials would not expel a football player who, she said, had sexually assaulted and harassed her since seventh grade. Kamehameha paid her tuition to another school.

Also in 2003, four football players and a female student were expelled after a videotape surfaced of the players having sex with two female students.

On Tuesday, Kamehameha Schools issued a statement saying the school and police were investigating a situation involving several Kamehameha Middle School students that was reported to school administrators early Monday.

Kamehameha Schools did not acknowledge that the “;situation”; was a sexual assault and kidnapping, but only said that it involves a criminal complaint and that Kamehameha is cooperating with police in its inquiry.

Schools spokesman Kekoa Paulsen would not say whether the boys who were arrested have been expelled or suspended.

The written statement said Kamehameha's internal investigation “;is looking into potential violations of its student Code of Conduct, with any consequences to be determined in accordance with school policy.

“;Because this investigation deals with potential disciplinary action involving minors, details will not be discussed or released publicly by Kamehameha Schools,”; the statement said.