HONOLULU — A Hawaii high school teacher was arrested for violating the 14-day traveler quarantine the state mandated to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Agents from the Hawaii attorney general’s office arrested Mark Alan Cooper last week. Cooper, 48, of Mililani, returned to Honolulu from Florida on July 27. An acquaintance spotted him at a post office a few days later, the state said.
The acquaintance reported him to a citizen’s group that helps track down people who violate the quarantine. The group then reported him to authorities.
Cooper, a teacher at Campbell High School, traveled to Florida because of an illness in his family, his attorney, Rustam Barbee said Wednesday.
After his arrest, he resumed his quarantine period, which ended Monday, Barbee said.
Cooper was arrested a week after teachers statewide returned to work. It’s not clear if he had been on campus before his arrest. State education officials didn’t immediately comment on his arrest.
Student instruction begins Monday, with most schools starting the year online.
“Mr. Cooper has never had COVID-19 and has never infected anyone,” Barbee said.
A court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 25.
According to court records he was cited in April for violating emergency orders by allegedly walking in a park that was closed because of the pandemic.