A 36-year-old Honoka`a man has been indicted for two counts of promoting child abuse in the second degree and one count of promoting child abuse in the third degree for possessing videos of child sexual abuse on three separate digital media devices.
Joshua Iwasaki is accused of possessing at least thirty videos of children being sexually exploited, with at least one depicting children under the age of twelve.
“This is a heinous offense and we will continue to seek out and prosecute anyone engaging in this disgusting and destructive behavior,” said Attorney General Doug Chin.
The investigation was conducted by the Hawai`i Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in the Attorney General’s office in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations and the Hawai`i County Police Department.
Iwasaki has no prior convictions.
A Hawai`i Island grand jury indicted him for: two counts of promoting child abuse in the second degree, which is a class B felony, punishable by up to ten years in prison; and one count of promoting child abuse in the third degree, which is a class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.
Bail is set at $12,000.00 and a bench warrant has been issued for Iwasaki’s arrest.
Iwasaki is presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.