A 45 year-old Ahuimanu man arrested for allegedly enticing a 13 year-old girl to meet him for sex works part time at a Kaneohe elementary school, the Department of Education confirmed.
The suspect also worked as a guard at the Bishop Museum which suspended him after he was arrested.
The suspect was arrested yesterday morning and taken to the police cellblock on Alapai Street at about 8:20 a.m. He was released pending further investigation of first-degree electronic enticement of a child.
The Department of Education confirmed that the suspect is an employee at Benjamin Parker Elementary School, where he works one hour twice a week as a lunch supervisor.
A spokeswoman would not provide further details, except to say that the department is taking appropriate action.
The museum in a written statement said: “"While the incident did not take place at Bishop Museum, our workplace policy does not tolerate any form of violence, including verbal or written attacks. Guest safety is of utmost importance to the museum. We have immediately suspended the guard in question while we investigate the situation, and we will cooperate with any investigation being conducted by the police department."
Officers with the Honolulu Police Department’s Narcotics/Vice Division and the Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested the man when he showed up at the Kaneohe branch of Zippy’s where he had agreed to meet the girl after contacting her with an electronic device, police said.
The task force, part of the Attorney General’s Office, investigates and prosecutes people who victimize children through the use of computers and the Internet.
State law lists first-degree electronic enticement of a child as a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.