Former Kamehameha Schools psychiatrist accused of molestation

By Lara Yamada
Published On: Mar 18 2014 07:01:59 PM HST
Updated On: Mar 18 2014 07:54:23 PM HST

Accusations of pornography, molestation, and broken trust against a former Kamehameha Schools psychiatrist. KITV4's Lara Yamada talked to some of the former students leveling serious allegations.

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Former Kamehameha Schools students are alleging a case of pornography, molestation and broken trust against a former school psychiatrist.

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The men say they were violated decades ago and are finally speaking out.

"The toughest thing for me to deal with today is I have to discuss it with my 18-year-old son," said former Kamehameha School student Mr. B.

He is a former student who has chosen to remain unidentified at this time.

Mr. B says he was a young teen when he met Dr. Robert Browne, a psychiatrist for Kamehameha Schools for more than 20 years.

"I'm kind of a physical guy and I'm pretty sure if Dr. Browne were alive today, he wouldn't be alive much longer," said Mr. B.

In a lawsuit filed last week, court documents say Dr. Browne, who was employed by Kamehameha and Saint Francis Medical Center, "...sexually abused and molested children (at) Kamehameha Schools...."

Attorneys say the number of victims now tops 100.

"I was groomed to not tell anyone," said Gerald Carrell, another former Kamehameha Schools student. "For about two weeks, we started to talk about intimate things."

Carrell, now in Washington, says at first Dr. Browne made him feel special, but then came the pornography followed by years of sexual abuse.

"I was a boy and that boy was wronged," said Carrell.

Despite their trauma, both men praised Kamehameha Schools, just not when it came to this concern.

"I would have to assume that other people were aware of what was happening," said Mr. B.

"I don't care how long this takes. We're going to get the truth out of everybody," said Carrell.

Attorneys say Dr. Browne committed suicide in 1991.

Mr. B says he later learned a friend, another victim, committed suicide too. That creates another twist in a tragic tale that is now taking a new turn.

"I'm in it for the long haul. I know what's involved. It's just about making it right," said Mr. B.

KITV spoke with Saint Francis Medical Center and Kamehameha Schools. They say:

"While we have yet to be served with our copy of the complaint, we have begun investigating the allegations (however) our efforts are hampered by the fact that the unfortunate circumstances described are more than 40 years old."

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