An elementary school worker accused of sexually assaulting a minor appeared in court Wednesday.
Greg Hirashiki was arrested last week and charged with three counts of sexual assault in the third degree.
The Hawaii Department of Education confirms Greg Hirashiki is an educational assistant at Salt Lake Elementary, but notes he is currently on a leave of absence. Officials said in a written response that “due to the ongoing investigation, we are unable to provide additional information.”
Court documents state the time frame of the alleged incidents took place sometime between January to September of this year.
It isn’t clear how Hirashiki knows the minor, or where the incidents took place.
One day after our story initially aired, Salt Lake Elementary’s principal sent a letter home to parents that said, “Salt Lake Elementary is cooperating with a Honolulu Police Department investigation into an alleged education assistant conduct incident. We are not able to discuss the details of this confidential personnel matter.”
Hirashiki is expected to be back in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.
This is the second time in less than a month that a DOE employee has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor.
Three weeks ago, Jefferson Elementary School teacher Michael Wright was accused of sexually assaulting a child. Wright is charged with five counts of sex assault.
The DOE placed Wright on leave when it learned of the arrest.
Wright’s attorney, William Harrison, says Wright maintains his innocence and is waiting for his trial in November to prove it.