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Teaching assistant gets 10 years for sexually assaulting deaf student

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A state judge sentenced former Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind teaching assistant Alfie S. Lumabas to 10 years in prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student at the school.

State Circuit Judge Rom A. Trader declined the city prosecutor’s request to impose restitution to pay for the girl’s counseling because that expense is covered by a settlement to a separate federal lawsuit.

Lumabas, 38, agreed to serve a full 10-year prison term when he pleaded guilty in January to two reduced counts of second-degree sexual assault in a deal with the prosecutor. Ten years is the maximum penalty for second-degree sexual assault.

A September 2013 indictment charged him with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, which each carry a mandatory 20-year prison term.

Lumabas is legally deaf. Through a sign-language interpreter, he declined to make a statement Tuesday before Trader handed down his sentence.

His victim, now 24, and who is also legally deaf, had plenty to say through her own sign-language interpreter.

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