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Damien Memorial School band director fired after being charged with sexual assault

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The president and CEO of Damien Memorial School released a statement Sunday that the band director has been fired after being arrested and charged on eight counts of sexual assault.

Wes Reber Porter said that "Upon hearing the news, Damien has terminated Peter Rucci, effective immediately. Based upon the dates of the allegations, the conduct occurred before his few months of employment with the school."

A school spokesman said that Rucci just started as the school's band director in August. The alleged assaults happened before Rucci was hired by Damien and did not involve any of the school's students. There are no details on the alleged assaults.

Jocelyn Romero Demirbag, spokesperson with Honolulu Waldorf School, confirmed Monday that Rucci was a former teacher there between 2013 and May 2017. "We understand that the arrest was related to allegations that Mr. Rucci had sexually assaulted a teenage girl in June," Demirbag said.

"At this time, we have no reports against Mr. Rucci regarding allegations of a sexual nature during his years with HWS," she said.

Rucci, 61, was arrested by Honolulu police at his home on Thursday, Nov. 9. His bail was set at $150,000.

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