Former English teacher arraigned on sexual assault charges

Brummel taught at Baldwin High when it is alleged that he sexually molested a female student

Casey Brummel, a former Baldwin High School teacher who is charged with sexually molesting a student, was arraigned in 2nd Circuit Court on Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty to four counts of third-degree sexual assault.
• The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo

Casey Brummel, a former Baldwin High School teacher who is charged with sexually molesting a student, was arraigned in 2nd Circuit Court on Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty to four counts of third-degree sexual assault. • The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo

WAILUKU — A former Baldwin High School teacher is facing charges alleging he sexually molested a student.

Casey Brummel, 35, of Lahaina pleaded not guilty to four counts of third-degree sexual assault during his arraignment Wednesday in 2nd Circuit Court.

He was indicted Sept. 1 by a Maui County grand jury on the charges alleging he fondled and had other sexual contact with the girl between Aug. 12, 2014, and Oct. 6, 2014. The girl was at least 14 but less than 16 years old at the time.

Brummel was an English teacher at Baldwin High when he is alleged to have sexually molested the girl while she was taking a benchmark test at the Wailuku school, said Deputy Prosecutor Iwalani Gasmen.

In addition, she said numerous students made complaints about Brummel, saying “that the defendant would contact them and make inappropriate comments, either at school or out of school.”

Brummel allegedly asked one student to take a picture of her breast for him, Gasmen said, and asked if a student was interested in a “threesome.”

She said Brummel asked to go to a student’s house when her parents weren’t home. He “also told a minor he wanted to have sex with her because she was pregnant,” Gasmen said.

“The defendant’s behavior indicates he poses a serious risk or danger to the community,” Gasmen said.

She asked that Brummel be ordered to surrender his passport, saying he had a plane ticket to travel to Osaka, Japan.

Brummel’s attorney, David Sereno, said Brummel’s girlfriend had booked and paid for the ticket because she wanted Brummel to go with her to Japan.

“My client has no intention of leaving the state,” Sereno said.

He agreed to hold Brummel’s passport.

Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill ordered Brummel to stay away from the girl and her family. He was ordered not to go to Baldwin High and not to leave Maui unless he has written approval from the court.

After being arrested on the indictment Sept. 13, Brummel posted a $40,000 bail bond to be released.

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