2002 News Stories

News Stories Related to Internet Crimes Against Children – 2002

Honolulu Star-Bulletin Stories…

Man held for alleged Internet enticement Wednesday, December 18, 2002 – Police along with state and federal law enforcement agents arrested a 29-year-old Honolulu man yesterday for allegedly using the Internet to lure a 13-year-old girl into a sexual encounter.

Internet crimes team bags its first suspect Tuesday, November 5, 2002 – A U.S. Air Force airman, who allegedly used the Internet to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex, has become the first person in Hawaii arrested for investigation of electronic enticement of a child, authorities said yesterday.

Child porn case nets plea – A schoolteacher pleads guilty in a deal with prosecutors Saturday, September 21, 2002 – A Waiau Elementary School teacher and kumu hula admitted yesterday to possessing and trading child pornography on his personal computer.

Hawaii Kai resident admits to porn charge Friday, September 13, 2002 – A 31-year-old Hawaii Kai resident pleaded guilty yesterday to distributing child pornography over the Internet.

Ex-postal worker admits to porn charge Tuesday, September 10, 2002 – A former U.S Postal Service letter carrier pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to possession of computer files containing child pornography.

Hilo man gets 3 years for having child porn Wednesday, August 14, 2002 – A 32-year-old Hilo man was sentenced to three years and five months in federal prison yesterday for possessing computer diskettes containing child pornography.

Man traded child porn, prosecutor says Wednesday, July 31, 2002 – A 45-year-old Waiau Elementary School teacher and kumu hula admitted that he went into Internet chat rooms and exchanged child pornography images with a variety of people, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence Tong.

Firefighter free on bail in teen sex assault case Tuesday, July 9, 2002 – A Honolulu firefighter charged with sexually assaulting two teenage girls last month met the girls in an Internet chat room, police said.

Predators on the ’Net Sunday, June 16, 2002 – Some isle kids put themselves in danger by their online habits

Man charged in Web seduction of girl Wednesday, May 22, 2002 – A 34-year-old Oahu man was charged in federal court yesterday for allegedly enticing a 13-year-old Kauai girl to have sex with him and producing videotapes of the activities.

Man indicted on charges of having sex with minor Tuesday, April 23, 2002 – DALLAS -A businessman with addresses in Texas and Hawaii has been named in a six-count indictment accusing him of traveling overseas to have sex with a minor and of lying to obtain a passport to leave Thailand after authorities there had seized his passport.

Missing Kauai girl latest in series of Internet lures Tuesday, April 23, 2002 – Kaylee Ruiz-Taira may have traveled to Oahu to meet an online contact

Hilo man sentenced for child pornography Thursday, March 28, 2002 – A 31-year-old Hilo man has been sentenced to three years and eight months in federal prison for mailing computer diskettes containing child pornography.

State librarian opposes federal Internet filter law Thursday, March 28, 2002 – Hawaii libraries have adequate protections to block access to Web sites deemed harmful to children, and a federal law requiring the use of filters should be declared unconstitutional, the state’s top librarian said yesterday.

National child-porn crackdown nets arrests in Hawaii Tuesday, March 19, 2002 – Searches were held on 3 islands as part of Operation Candyman

Talk to children about online chats Wednesday, March 6, 2002 – The issue: A Hawaii man used the Internet to lure a 14-year-old Oregon girl here for sex.

Sex offender gets 3 years for luring girl Tuesday, March 5, 2002 – Lando Millare had posed as a teenage boy on the Internet

Internet sex crime sting nabs Maui man Wednesday, February 20, 2002 – Kahului Airport is the site of a man getting a surprise from the FBI