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Grand jury indicts former school aide

September 27, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - An Oahu grand jury has indicted a former aide at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind on two counts of sexual assault at the school eight years ago.

The grand jury Wednesday indicted Alfie S. Lumabas for what prosecutors said were assaults committed in 2005 when the teacher's aide was 29 and the female student was 14.

The girl was living in the school dormitory that year, investigators said. Lumabas sexually assaulted her during one-on-one tutoring sessions sanctioned by the school, according to prosecutors.

Lumabas moved to California later in 2005, said deputy prosecutor Chastity Imamura.

The girl in February 2008 told a school counselor about the assaults. Administrators notified the girl's parents.

The girl that year also reported the sexual assaults to Honolulu police, prosecutors said.

The girl and her parents in 2010 filed a lawsuit in the case. They eventually dropped it and joined a 2011 federal class action filed by other parents of students at the only public school in Hawaii for deaf and blind students. The lawsuit claimed students were bullied, terrorized or sexually assaulted by other students.



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