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Grand jury indicts Sacred Hearts teacher in sex-assault case

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:07 p.m. HST, Aug 13, 2013

An Oahu grand jury this morning indicted a Sacred Hearts Academy teacher for allegedly sexually assaulting a student in June.

William Plourde, 53, of McCully, was arrested Wednesday night after he turned himself in to police. Plourde remains in custody at Oahu Community Correctional Center unable to post $200,000 bond. A Circuit Court plea and arraignment hearing will be held once he is served with a bench warrant.

Plourde was arrested at a Date Street address on six counts of third-degree sexual assault and one count of first-degree sexual assault of a person at least 14 years old, but younger then 16 years old. He had called police saying he wanted to turn himself in. His alleged victim was 15 years old when the incident occurred in Plourde’s car at about 9 a.m. on June 6 in Mililani Mauka.

According to the documents, the girl told police that Plourde, who was her former homeroom teacher at the private school in Kaimuki, touched her breast and genital area over and under her clothing when she was in his car.

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pgkemp wrote:
on August 13,2013 | 12:01PM
Mypualani wrote:
Cannot find someone just a bit older?
on August 13,2013 | 12:19PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Correction. He is a FORMER Sacred Hearts teacher.
on August 13,2013 | 12:32PM
Mei mei wrote:
yikes... your inmates will have a lovely welcoming for you!
on August 13,2013 | 12:33PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
While he waits at OCCC they should supply him with a belt and rope. I'm fairly certain he will know the right thing to do with these prison supplies...
on August 13,2013 | 12:47PM
allie wrote:
on August 13,2013 | 02:18PM
daniwitz13 wrote:
Question. Did anyone see him do it? Does she have any Proof? is it her word against his word? Isn't proof essential to an arrest or trial? Just saying so does not make it so. Are there any witnesses to the event? Any pictures, recordings or videos? ff she is lying, how can one tell? Is there DNA evidence? Finger prints? Laws that arrest only on accusations of one side is an injustice to the one denying it and not have an equal voice. Turning oneself in, is NOT a confession of Guilt. Whether or not he did or didn't is not my issue. It's the Law as applied to a case of claims with no proof, only accusations, which has the potential to ruin one's life, no matter how it turns out. No proof but still ruined is not good Law. Pity.
on August 13,2013 | 01:01PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
You make several excellent points. If the accused is 53 yrs. old and does not have a track record of this type of behavior we need to avoid a rush to judgment.
on August 13,2013 | 01:22PM
allie wrote:
yes, we need proof but he had a reputation for saying weird things. Why on earth was he kept on staff at all. Odd.
on August 13,2013 | 02:17PM
aomohoa wrote:
And you know this how? You think you know everything but you surely don't. You are ridiculous.
on August 13,2013 | 07:55PM
royalridge_2000 wrote:
Not saying he is innocent or guilty but there have been several instances of a teacher accused of sexual misconduct by a disgruntled student that never really gets reported in the papers. I have seen teachers careers ruined over false accusations. That being said, for the bail to be set so high I would imagine they might have some more incriminating evidence or past track record that is not being mentioned.
on August 13,2013 | 01:37PM
IAmSane wrote:
This is why we have grand juries. To see if there is at least some evidence to take the case to trial. Apparently the jurors thought so; hence, the indictment.
on August 13,2013 | 04:44PM
aomohoa wrote:
Good points. It's innocent until proven guilty not the other way around.
on August 13,2013 | 07:54PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
I bet you are unemployed drawing benefits. Because I know, that's how.
on August 13,2013 | 11:12PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Let's see what our liberal judges do to this loser.
on August 13,2013 | 01:09PM
aomohoa wrote:
Why don;t you wait to judge.
on August 13,2013 | 07:58PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
....Said the true wide left liberal
on August 13,2013 | 11:10PM
dlum003 wrote:
Religion teacher I think I heard him decribed as on the news? figures.
on August 13,2013 | 01:37PM
Slow wrote:
I know what you mean, man. Every religion teacher I've known has been a full blown perv. Figures.
on August 13,2013 | 08:56PM
makaoala wrote:
He admitted to investigators that he did it despite the not guilty plea.
on August 13,2013 | 03:19PM
aomohoa wrote:
How do you know that? Just curious.
on August 13,2013 | 07:59PM
makaoala wrote:
It was reported in the news that he admitted it to the investigators and prosecutor's office.
on August 13,2013 | 08:40PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
Today the "age of consent" is 16; so if the guy had waited one more year there would have been no crime. About ten years ago the age of consent was only 14, so back then it would not have been a crime.
on August 13,2013 | 03:22PM
Mei mei wrote:
on August 13,2013 | 03:36PM
makaoala wrote:
He still would have been fired from his job due to inappropriate behavior with a student. The age doesn't matter much as long as the girls was a student at the school. There is no union in the private school sector to protect him. At will employees can be fired without cause.
on August 13,2013 | 03:44PM
aomohoa wrote:
Creepy, but as far as I know it is still 18.
on August 13,2013 | 08:00PM
Recce wrote:
Ken, the key word is "consent." If he had done the same thing to an 18 year old student who did not consent, he still could be arrested and charged with some form of sexual assault.
on August 14,2013 | 02:38AM
paradiddle wrote:
Very spooky. Just texted my daughter who graduated from SHA a number of years ago (and now lives in the mainland) and asked her if she knew him while she attended SHA as his name was not familiar to me. She said she was a student in his "Death and Dying" class and that he was "creepy" and asked why I was asking. When I texted her about his indictment, her response was...."not surprised, he always creeped me out". My response....NOW YOU TELL US!
on August 13,2013 | 04:00PM
makaoala wrote:
Sorry to hear but even if she said something the school administration would call it hearsay.
on August 13,2013 | 04:27PM
Mahalo wrote:
I hope he is touched over and under his clothes.. IN PRISON!
on August 13,2013 | 04:21PM
aomohoa wrote:
If he is guilty I agree.
on August 13,2013 | 08:02PM
Ronin006 wrote:
The alleged incident occurred two months ago on June 6th when the school was on summer break but was not reported until last week when school was back in session. Why did it take so long? I suspect that the alleged victim did not report the incident because she had a sure A from the teacher this academic year but instead shared the info with friends and one of them reported it to school administration.
on August 13,2013 | 05:35PM
bruddahlee wrote:
If you are a hetrosexual male with urges, you cannot put yoursef in these kinds of situations. The temptations are too great and the consequences are unbelievable. Better if you got caught with a prostitute than this...
on August 13,2013 | 08:35PM
makaoala wrote:
We also need to keep in mind that once he was alerted to the investigation he turned himself in. Curious why he did not post bail.
on August 13,2013 | 08:42PM
MexMe wrote:
Maybe because it is $200,000 and he was a teacher at a private Catholic school. How many teachers can post that bail?
on August 18,2013 | 01:17PM
2NDC wrote:
Bruddah should have never put himself in a position where he was alone with a student. They teach faculty and staff to avoid these situations at other private schools on the island.
on August 13,2013 | 09:44PM
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