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Former Waianae charter school clerk pleads not guilty to theft

By Nanea Kalani

LAST UPDATED: 4:55 p.m. HST, Jun 13, 2013

A former Waianae public charter school office clerk pleaded not guilty in Circuit Court this morning to felony charges that she allegedly stole $19,750 from the school.

Christine Atisanoe, 33, also requested to waive an indictment for her case. Circuit Judge Richard Perkins granted the request after explaining to Atisanoe that she would be giving up her right to have a grand jury establish probable cause.

Atisanoe’s case is scheduled for trial in August.

The state alleges Atisanoe took money from charter school Ka Waihona o Ka Naauao between January 2010 and March 2012.

“The whole case is complicated,” Atisanoe said outside the courtroom. “The entire amount wasn’t taken by me. … I feel bad that it had to (happen), but one person gotta take the fall, I guess.”

She declined to elaborate, adding that she has a second- and eighth-grader who attend the school.

Atisanoe said she worked for the school for about four years before resigning last May to care for her grandmother.

The amount allegedly stolen makes the crime a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Prosecuting Deputy State Attorney General Christopher Young agreed to allowing Atisanoe to remain free until her trial.

School officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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