2007 News Stories

News Stories Related to Internet Crimes Against Children – 2007

Honolulu Star-Bulletin Stories…

Former teacher faces prison term – Richard Willetts tried to lure kids into lewd acts via the Internet Friday, December 7, 2007 – A former Hawaii drama teacher has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for luring a minor in Virginia for sex over the Internet.

Ex-isle resident guilty in child porn case Wednesday, December 5, 2007 – A former Hawaii man has admitted to possessing more than 600 images of child pornography in October and November 2006.

Sex offender is appealing verdict Wednesday, November 21, 2007 – A 38-year-old Maui man convicted of first-degree electronic enticement of a child is free pending appeal.

Deli owner indicted in alleged sex assault Wednesday, November 21, 2007 – The co-owner of a popular Japanese delicatessen in Kalihi was indicted yesterday by an Oahu grand jury on charges he allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy.

Professor is guilty in online sex sting Friday, November 16, 2007 – A University of Hawaii electrical engineering professor admitted to communicating online with whom he believed was a 15-year-old girl and then showing up to meet her at a Pearl Kai fast-food restaurant last month.

A Mitsu-Ken proprietor allegedly went online to find a boy who later was molested Sunday, November 4, 2007 – The owner of a popular Japanese delicatessen is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail after being charged with using a MySpace.com account to sexually abuse a boy who was 14 years old at the time.

Professor indicted on Net sex charge Thursday, November 1, 2007 – An Oahu grand jury has indicted an internationally acclaimed professor at the University of Hawaii on a single charge of using the Internet to solicit sex from a minor.

Top UH professor arrested in online enticement sting Wednesday, October 31, 2007 – Offline, he was Marc Fossorier, a highly regarded University of Hawaii professor hailed as an “international star” in communications and coding. Prosecutors now accuse him of being online persona peile44, whom they accuse of trying to seduce a fictional 15-year-old girl.

Police arrest UH professor Tuesday, October 30, 2007 – A University of Hawaii professor was arrested yesterday for allegedly soliciting sex with a minor on the Internet.

Man guilty of enticing child Wednesday, October 10, 2007 – A Circuit Court jury has found a Kapolei man guilty of soliciting sex from an child on the Internet.

Man is sentenced for sex assault Thursday, September 27, 2007 – A Florida man who flew to Oahu and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl he met on the Internet will spend five years on probation and be required to register as a sex offender.

Child porn owner sentenced – Thomas Crowe says he knew what he was doing was wrong Tuesday, September 25, 2007 – A U.S. district judge sentenced a 56-year-old Kailua-Kona man to almost five years in prison yesterday for possessing child pornography.

Maui man found guilty of underage sex enticement Wednesday, September 19, 2007 – A Maui businessman who attempted to bring what he thought was a 15-year-old girl from Honoulu to meet him for sex was found guilty Monday.

Guilty plea in Net sex case Tuesday, September 18, 2007 – A former Hawaii drama teacher faces 10 years in prison without the possibility of parole after he pleaded guilty yesterday to luring a minor in Virginia for sex over the Internet.

Child-porn owner gets 7-year sentence – The former teacher admitted purchasing the graphic images Wednesday, September 5, 2007 – A former Lahainaluna High School teacher was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison for possessing more than 10,000 images of child pornography, including infants and toddlers crying or saying “no” to their abusers.

Alleged online predator charged – Ronald Young used the Internet to meet up with a teen girl to have sex, police say Wednesday, August 15, 2007 – Honolulu police have charged a 38-year-old Pauoa man who allegedly arranged to meet a 13-year-old girl to have sex.

Man is arrested in online sex sting Saturday, August 11, 2007 – Police arrested a 38-year-old Nuuanu man yesterday morning on suspicion of first-degree electronic enticement of a child.

Actor gets 5 years for possession of child porn Friday, July 6, 2007 – A local community theater actor who devoted himself to helping fledging youth performers was ordered to serve five years in federal prison for possessing child pornography on his computer.

Man allegedly tries to meet kid for sex Monday, July 2, 2007 – Authorities charged a 46-year-old Kapolei man yesterday with first-degree electronic enticement of a child.

Sting nabs enticement suspect Wednesday, June 13, 2007 – Law enforcement agents have arrested a 25-year-old Wahiawa man on suspicion of first-degree electronic enticement of a child.

19-year-old held in online enticement Wednesday, May 30, 2007 – Police arrested a 19-year-old Pearl City man who allegedly arranged to meet two 13-year-old girls to have sex in a hotel room.

MySpace takes important step against cyberpredators Thursday, May 24, 2007 – Hawaii law enforcement officials announced their cooperation two months ago in a year-old Justice Department campaign to prosecute online sexual solicitors of children.

State to get MySpace sex offenders list – The social networking Web site will share data on sex offenders Tuesday, May 22, 2007 – A deal with MySpace.com could help Hawaii and other states find out whether convicted sex offenders have not learned from their crimes.

Child-enticement suspect is nabbed Thursday, May 17, 2007 – Authorities charged a 23-year-old Moiliili man with first-degree electronic enticement of a child yesterday.

Web sex sting nets man’s arrest Wednesday, May 16, 2007 – Police arrested a 23-year-old Moiliili man yesterday morning on suspicion of first-degree electronic enticement of a child.

Sex solicitation suspect indicted Tuesday, May 15, 2007 – A Kapolei man accused of soliciting sex online from a girl he believed to be 14 years old pleaded not guilty yesterday in Circuit Court.

5 years for child porn – Giovanni Canapino, 20, pleads guilty to having such images Tuesday, May 15, 2007 – A former assistant youth soccer referee was sentenced to 66 months in federal prison and eight years on supervised release for possessing child pornography on his computer and compact discs.

Man indicted in online sex try Friday, May 4, 2007 – A Kapolei man accused of soliciting sex online from a person whom he believed was a 14-year-old girl has been indicted by an Oahu grand jury.

Internet sting nabs man on sex charge Wednesday, May 2, 2007 – A 54-year-old Kapolei man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of first-degree electronic enticement of a child.

Online sting nets enticement arrest Saturday, April 28, 2007 – A grand jury indicted an Oahu man yesterday on two counts of first-degree electronic enticement of a child.

Ex-teacher to do time for further porn charges Friday, April 27, 2007 – A former kumu hula and Waiau Elementary teacher who served time in federal prison for possession of child pornography is serving additional time on weekends behind bars for violating terms of his supervised release.

Man admits owning child porn Saturday, April 14, 2007 – A former civilian employee of the U.S. Army at Schofield Barracks admitted possessing more than 10,000 still and moving images of child pornography that he downloaded onto his computer.

Ex-Punahou teacher held on sex charges. The federal indictment says he tried to entice kids on the Internet Saturday, April 7, 2007 – A former Punahou School drama teacher is being held in a Virginia jail on federal charges that he used the Internet to try to have sex with eight children in the past two years, including one from Hawaii.

Agencies face huge task in fighting predators of children Tuesday, March 27, 2007 – U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo has announced a cooperative effort in Hawaii to find and prosecute sexual predators of children.

Feds go after online sex criminals Saturday, March 24, 2007 – With 14 men accused of preying on children online last year in Hawaii, U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo is seeing a disturbing trend in online sex crimes.

Feds going after child pornography Friday, March 23, 2007 – Law enforcement officers in Hawaii are going after people who keep child pornography on their computers and use social networking sites like MySpace.com to prey on unsuspecting minors.

Child porn suspect in parents’ custody Wednesday, February 28, 2007 – A 23-year-old Oahu man facing federal charges of possessing child pornography was released yesterday to the custody of his parents pending trial.

Youth ref pleads guilty to child porn Monday, January 31, 2007 – An assistant referee for a boys soccer league pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to a child pornography charge filed as part of an international Homeland Security Internet undercover investigation.

Predator sting nabs suspect Tuesday, January 30, 2007 – A Honolulu man who allegedly attempted to lure a Michigan boy to Hawaii to have sex with him was arrested yesterday at Honolulu Airport by agents of the state attorney general’s office, the Michigan attorney general said.

Child porn is found on PC Friday, January 12, 2007 – A computer repairman who was asked to recover files from a personal computer that had crashed in April 2005 discovered some disturbing images of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct and alerted the FBI.