A Waikiki public school teacher is set to go to trial Nov. 21 on five sex assault charges involving a minor.
Michael Wright, 33, a teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge of first-degree sexual assault of minor under 16 years old; a charge of first-degree sexual assault of minor under 14 years old; and three counts third-degree sex assault with someone under 14 years old. First-degree sex assault involves sexual penetration while third-degree involves sexual contact. The alleged crimes involve one victim over a five-year period from July 2010 to July 2015.
Wright is free on $200,000 bail while he awaits jury trial.
A judge issued an order prohibiting him from having contact with the alleged victim on Sept. 13, the day an Oahu grand jury returned an indictment charging Wright with five counts of sex assault.
The state Department of Education said Wright has been an employee for nine years, and was placed on paid leave after officials learned of his arrest on Sept. 8. The department declined further comment — including whether the victim was one of Wright’s students — citing the ongoing police investigation and saying the issue is a “personnel matter.”
Correction: Michael Wright is scheduled for trial in November. A previous version of this story said he was scheduled for a preliminary hearing in October.