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HONOLULU (AP) — The state Department of Education opened an investigation into a former Punahou School assistant basketball coach accused of sexually abusing two former students.

Punahou President Jim Scott sent a letter home to families last week that said two former students had reported being sexually abused by the former girls basketball coach, Hawaii News Now reported .

“We are shocked and disturbed by these allegations,” Scott said in the letter. “We are conducting an independent internal investigation and are committed to cooperating fully with the Honolulu Police Department. We are supporting our former students throughout this process by providing access to counseling.”

The department said the ex-coach is a second-grade teacher at Momilani Elementary School but has been placed on “department directed leave.”

Scott said the former coach was employed by the Punahou School from 2001 to 2004. The alleged abused took place from 2005 to 2006, after the coach was no longer employed by the school.

The former coach also was affiliated with the Hawaii Storm . The community club basketball team sent a letter to parents on Saturday about the allegations.

The club has since terminated the former coach’s affiliation with the program and has offered families a refund if they decide to withdraw their children.


Information from: KGMB-TV,