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Maui High teacher charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

Published On: Jun 22 2012 04:17:00 PM HST

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Thomas T. Takeuchi

PORTLAND, Ore. -

A Maui High School teacher has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor in Washington state, according to authorities in Washington and Oregon.

On May 27, police in Portland, Oregon arrested 60-year-old Thomas T. Takeuchi at an Oregon airport on a warrant.

Takeuchi has taught social studies at Maui High School since 1994, and is also a football referee.

Maui Complex Superintendent Bruce Anderson said an investigation is being conducted.

"Our primary concern is that our students are safe," said Anderson.  "We take allegations like this very seriously and we will thoroughly investigate it and, within the department's rules, we'll take appropriate action."

Maui High School is currently on summer break.  The 2012 school year resumes at the end of July.

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