Public input sought on closing court in Kamehameha Schools case

A state judge says he intends to close his courtroom to the public when two Kamehameha Schools employees testify in May in a case involving a teacher accused of using a spy camera to record students in the shower at his home.

Before making his decision final, Circuit Judge Rom Trader is giving the public an opportunity to object. That opportunity will come at 11:30 a.m. April 4 in Trader’s third-floor courtroom in the state First Circuit Court Kaahumanu Hale courthouse on Punchbowl Street.

The case involves former Kapalama campus speech teacher and debate team coach Gabriel Alisna, who is charged with violating the privacy of students who went to his off-campus faculty housing apartment. The state says Alisna, 41, used a miniature spy camera to record students using his shower. The clothes hook camera was mounted on the shower wall.

Kamehameha Schools officials alerted Honolulu police of the alleged crimes in March 2013 after they gathered evidence during their own…

Original published: 15 March 2017 10:05 am Read the full Hawaii News here


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