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Man pleads not guilty to recording video of kids in shower

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:14 p.m. HST, Dec 30, 2013

A former Kamehameha Schools speech teacher and debate coach pleaded not guilty this morning to allegedly recording video of students showering at his faculty housing apartment in 2012 and 2013.

Gabriel Alisna's trial was set for the week of March 3 by Circuit Judge Richard Perkins.

Alisna was indicted Dec. 18 by an Oahu grand jury on five counts of violation of privacy and two counts of misdemeanor sexual assault.

Alisna, now a Washington state resident, is free on $75,000 bond.

Alisna is accused of recording students at his apartment where they were staying overnight to prepare for debate tournaments.

He videotaped the students without their knowledge or consent, according to the prosecution.

Alisna's lawyer Keith Shigetomi said his only comment is what he said in court that his client is not guilty.

"We'll fight it in court," he said.

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dlum003 wrote:
Assuming material evidence and testimony were collected, how does one plead not gulity (at least with a straight face)?
on December 30,2013 | 09:46AM
false wrote:
His lawyer would maintain a straight face. He would be churning inside: please, please, please, fine me not guilty.
on December 30,2013 | 09:57AM
FinzyKontini wrote:
on December 30,2013 | 03:28PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Yes good eyes.
on December 30,2013 | 05:36PM
agile wrote:
Because this is Hawaii, land of the "let-criminals-off-easy"!
on December 30,2013 | 01:53PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Some may get off such as Deedy, others do not. If u kill, u pay.
on December 30,2013 | 05:35PM
false wrote:
Guilty as charged. How could a Grand Jury make such a mistake? Of course, if he is convicted and sent to prison, then he can maintain his innocence. Always innocent until proven guilty. However the smoking gun will be any video evidence. That will be the clincher. omg i hope this is not another Jerry Sandusky. By the way, why does he have to flee to Washington state? To have some apples? To watch The Seattle Seahawks? I am of the mindset that we all make mistakes. If we are allowed a second chance, just let us know that "ok u got me", next time i will try my best no to do it. Of course, he may have to register as a "sex offender".
on December 30,2013 | 09:55AM
false, take some meds and get some rest. You're all over the place.
on December 30,2013 | 10:56AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No Barry I'm in Wal-Mart now.
on December 30,2013 | 03:38PM
agile wrote:
Be careful with this one bec. the judge is Richard Perkins, notoriously soft on criminals, no matter what they do. And I'm wondering if atty Shigetomi got paid enuf to pull some strings and see that this landed in Perkins' court.
on December 30,2013 | 01:54PM
NotNasti wrote:
Judge Perkins handles ALL arraignments in the circuit court, and as the Deputy Chief Judge, handles administrative matters, not trials. At arraignment and plea hearings, which was the case for this defendant, all defendants enter not guilty pleas. That is the plea that is necessary for a trial setting and assignment to a courtroom. Approximately 95% of these cases (not guilty pleas) end up changing their pleas to guilty or no contest. The term "cop a plea" is an acronym for Change Of Plea, the withdrawal of the not guilty plea which was previously entered to a guilty or no contest plea. Attty. Shigetomi had nothing to do with the case being heard in Perkins court. The case will now be assigned to a trial courtroom, such as Judge Ahn, Trader, Del Rosario, etc.
on December 30,2013 | 03:08PM
NotNasti wrote:
Judge Perkins assigned the case to Judge Rom Trader, a former prosecutor and "hanging judge." Alisna will have no chance at a jury-waived (bench) trial, and if convicted, say "Aloha."
on December 30,2013 | 03:26PM
NotNasti wrote:
If convicted by judge or jury, say "Aloha."
on December 30,2013 | 03:34PM
FinzyKontini wrote:
Do you happen to know which judge is good FOR people getting allegedly screwed over my bad REALTORS?
on December 30,2013 | 03:36PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
People want to plead not guilty because lawyers say that's the way to go. What if the defendant knew that a bad deed occurred and knew that it was "wrong"? Then just say so, by pleading no contest or not guilty, even though it may be thought that well someone in early childhood did a wrong deed and now as an adult, the defendant is kapakahi. That's why they call it a "Community Correctional Center". Man up Gabe.
on December 30,2013 | 05:33PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
You mean u have more than one realtor? Call me at 422-2222 and I let u know of two good realtors I've dealt with.
on December 30,2013 | 05:37PM
Rivergrouch wrote:
Wow how did this pig get hired at Kamehameha and on top of that get permission to have Kam school kids at his home showering, video taping and molesting them all in the spirit of Imua????????Disgusting and shameful conduct for a teacher....straight to prison...the big boyz are waiting for you in the shower!!!
on December 30,2013 | 12:11PM
Mythman wrote:
Disgusting is right - how much of this goes on at KS, I wonder - I've heard rumors for a long time....
on December 30,2013 | 02:56PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
A lot of it goes on, everywhere. However what student would bring this kind of evidence forward to implicate any beloved person? A student or student who finds "the smoking gun". Case closed, unless Shigetomi will lie lie lie until the cows come home. This isn't a case so obnoxious as the Deedy trial, except there are those that support the defendant and I suppose those will defend him to the hilt. $75,000 is a lot however not like a million dollar bail, or no bail at all. Watch for this guy jumping bail. It might be worth it, and he already went to Washington state, so actions no matter how small, tell a thousand words, more than Pictures as noted by Confucious. In other words, if one does not want to be front page news, then keep a low profile. This will be the State of Hawaii vs. Gabriel Alisna.
on December 30,2013 | 03:34PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
"We'll fight it in court," he said. Of course because you will be paid. However what if you lose the case. Will it be pro bono?
on December 30,2013 | 03:26PM
Sandybeach wrote:
This is not amusing, funny, or playful. There is no defense if the tapes are available. Children must be protected. Full extent of the law if found guilty.
on December 30,2013 | 05:47PM
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