Kapolei High counselor accused of soliciting minor for prostitution

Kapolei High School

Update April 17, 2017: Kendrick Padilla has pled guilty in a plea deal. Get the full update here.

A counselor at Kapolei High School who was accused of soliciting a minor for prostitution has been released pending further investigation.

The 39-year-old man was arrested on campus at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday and booked on suspicion of “street solicitation.”

Honolulu police released him from custody at around noon Thursday.

Police would not provide further details as the victim is a minor.

According to the Department of Education, he has been a counselor at the high school since 2009 and works with 11th- and 12th-graders.

Officials initially said he was temporarily reassigned to a position on campus, and will have no contact with students until further notice.

After his arrest and subsequent release, the department updated his status as placed on department-directed leave, which is leave with pay.

The school did not notify parents because, according to a department spokesman, “a letter to parents is normally sent home for situations that affect the entire school community. HPD’s investigation is still in-progress, so an immediate letter is not warranted at this time.”

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