An Oahu grand jury has indicted a 50-year-old man for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.
Jeffrey P. Bettis was charged with two counts of promoting child abuse in the second degree, a class B felony. Each count is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
A bench warrant was issued Thursday for his arrest. His aggregate bail is set at $11,000.
According to a news release by the state Department of the Attorney General, Bettis is accused of disseminating eight images of children being sexually exploited.
He is also charged with possessing 104 images of children being sexually exploited. Of that figure, 29 images were of children under the age of 12.
Bettis is also accused of possessing 30 videos of children being sexually exploited. Of that, 17 videos depicted children under the age of 12.
The investigation was conducted by the attorney general’s office’s Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
In the release, Attorney General Chin said, “Possessing and disseminating child pornography is child abuse. Every time someone views these images, the victim suffers more abuse. The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force’s mission is to prosecute this sick behavior.”