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WAILUKU MAN INDICTED FOR ELECTRONIC ENTICEMENT OF A CHILD

May 28, 2009, 4:08 PM HST
* Updated May 28, 4:11 PM
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The Attorney General’s office today indicted a Maui man for the 1st degree Electronic Enticement of a Child.

37-year-old Chris Shizuo Mabe of Wailuku is accused of using the internet to solicit a law enforcement officer who he allegedly believed was a 14-year-old girl.

The Attorney General’s office issued a news release today saying Mabe indicated that he wanted to engage in sexual conduct with the “girl” during online chats, and had arranged to meet her at the Waikiki Aquarium.

Mabe was arrested when he arrived at the designated meeting place on May 24, 2009.  Mabe is considered innocent unless and until he is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a judge or jury.

The investigation and arrest were carried out by members of the Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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Under state law, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison for Internet predators found guilty of committing Electronic Enticement of a Child in the First Degree.

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The Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has created a web site at www.hicac.com to help parents and young people recognize the dangers of the Internet and take protective measures.  The site contains safety tips and provides information on how to report suspected illegal Internet activity that targets children.

Anyone with information concerning possible Internet crimes against children is encouraged to call the Attorney General at (808) 586-1240.

(Posted by Wendy OSHER © 2009)

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