Charges dropped against Maui teacher accused of sexual exploitation

Thomas Takeuchi

Charges against a Maui High School teacher accused of sexually exploiting a minor have been dropped.

Thomas Takeuchi, 61, was accused of snapping photos of a 4-year-old girl while visiting family in Washington.

Authorities say the incident happened between July and Oct. 2011.

The Class B felony was punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Takeuchi was placed on leave when he was arrested.

The Department of Education is conducting a review of the case to see what, if any, disciplinary action will be taken.

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