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Trial for Maui teacher accused of taking lewd photos is rescheduled

By Gregg K. Kakesako


A jury trial for a  61-year-old Maui High School teacher, who is charged with taking nude photos of a 4-year-old girl in Washington state, is re-scheduled for Oct. 15.

Thomas T. Takeuchi was arrested May 22 at the Portland Airport in Oregon and taken to Whitman County, Wash., where he was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor. He entered a plea of not guilty on June 7.

 Takeuchi was released on his own recognizance until his trial on Oct. 15 in Whitman County Superior Court. His trial had previously been scheduled to start this month.

Takeuchi was placed on leave from his job as a social studies and science teacher at Maui High School before classes began Aug. 1. He has been at Maui High School since 1994.

The maximum penalty for sexual exploitation of a minor — a class B felony in Washington— is 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. 

The Whitman County prosecutor's office has said photos of the girl were taken between July and October 2011 when the child was 4 and Takeuchi was visiting the family. The photos were found in the child's camera by her mother in March and turned over to Pullman detectives.

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allie wrote:
Way too much of this type of thing going on.
on August 21,2012 | 08:31AM
johncdechon wrote:
Yes, more and more as time goes on. Pedaphiles are NVER cured, they'll do the same (or worse) the rest of their sorry lives. Once they've been "outed," they should be removed from society completely and permanently. And no, I'm not talking about life (or any time spent at all) in prison: Give them the de a th penalty. Good riddance. ..
on August 21,2012 | 08:36AM
cojef wrote:
With all the opportunities available to this character, why choose the route of a pedophile? Sad that he exploited even his friend's hospitality. What a loser.
on August 21,2012 | 09:50AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I have children of my own and when it comes to their well being I am the most cautious of parents. But this teacher is condemned even before he is given his day in court. As a parent of children and I am sure there are parents on Maui who are just as shocked I do have sympathy for teachers, just not for unions and teachers when it comes to salary. What exactly was "lewd" about the pictures. And why would he take the photos using the child's camera and then leave them there? It seems quite suspicious to me. Further, because I am a cautious parent I have read up on those that have offended on children to be proactive and found out that sex offenders who have received treatment have a low recidivism rate (return rate to prison for similar crimes). You can find out this information yourself through those who treat them, psychotherapists and parole officers. The ones who do repeat are those that have never received treatment. But going back to the issue at hand, we must not be so quick to condemn this teacher. Let him have his day in court and then we can make our decision. The question here is what is "lewd"? And what was "lewd" about the photos that this man took. Some families have photos that show their babies and young children in the nude. Would that make them criminals? There is another educator, a coach, that is being charged with patting the butt of his players. If you watch the Little League World Series, as my family has, you will see coaches patting the behinds of players. Does that make them criminals?
on August 21,2012 | 10:33AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
The story seems downright suspicious to me. Why would this man take the photo using the child's camera? And why would he leave it there? And what do they mean by "lewd? Some families have unclothed pictures of their children in their photo albums. Does that make them criminals? As a parent I am the most cautious I can be. This man could well be innocent and we should hold judgement until he has had his day in court. Further, sex offenders who have received treatment have a statistic rate of low recidivism or return rate to prison for repeat crimes. You can check that out as it is a statistical fact. I know because as a parent who is very cautious with his children, I read up on it. One thing for sure, I would not have a person around my children who espouses violence or hatred. To me, they're they dangerous ones.
on August 21,2012 | 10:39AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
Why any condemnation when NO trial or conviction is handed out? Where are your sense of Justice? There is NO PROOF that he is a Pedophile. There is NO PROOF he took those pictures. NO WITNESSES that he took the pictures. It was NOT even his camera. There is NO case to go to trial. Everything is only speculation about it. This Judge should throw this case out. It is more of a crime what they are doing to Mr. Takeuchi. Pity.
on August 21,2012 | 10:49AM
AndrewWalden wrote:
2010: Child molester back at work at Hawaii Legislature ......... http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/main/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/678/Child-molester-back-at-work-at-Hawaii-Legislature.aspx
on August 21,2012 | 10:59AM
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