Former Kamehameha Schools students file molestation lawsuit
Former Kamehameha Schools students filed a molestation lawsuit this morning against the school. In the lawsuit,
HONOLULU - Former Kamehameha Schools students filed a molestation lawsuit Tuesday morning against the school.
In the lawsuit, 24 men say they suffered repeated sexual and physical abuse at the hands of Dr. Robert Browne, a psychiatrist who treated Kamehameha students between 1958 and 1985.
Court documents allege middle and high school aged students were sent to Browne for mandatory psychotherapy treatment.
Documents also state Kamehameha paid for medication Browne prescribed for students.
"It's not just about recovering money. We hope that the upshot of this is some type of reconciliation and recognition by Kamehameha Schools. That what occurred could never happen again," Attorney Mark Davis said.
The case also names St. Francis Medical Center and Kuakini Health System where Browne practiced.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs tell KITV Browne committed suicide in 1991 after he was confronted about the abuse by a former patient.
Kamehameha Schools released the following statement:
The claims we are hearing about today are the same that were made in the lawsuit that was originally filed in 2014. We continue to be troubled and saddened by this matter. The safety and welfare of our students is Kamehameha’s highest priority. We are working to resolve this matter in the best interests of everyone involved.