Former Waipahu teacher on trial for sex assault found not guilty

Erik Tamura
Erik Tamura

The former Waipahu High School teacher and track coach accused of sexually assaulting a student has been found not guilty on all charges.

Erik Tamura, 37, was charged with three counts of third-degree sexual assault. But on Thursday, a jury decision cleared him of those charges.

His attorney says it came from an upset student-athlete who Tamura had stopped coaching.

“His life is really turned upside down and there’s really no clear winner because once you’re accused of this kind of thing, it’s very difficult to overcome, even when justice is served,” defense attorney Kenneth Shimozono said.

Tamura says he wants his job back.

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