A 53-year-old man has been indicted on child pornography charges.
Donovan D. Soto was indicted fortwo counts of promoting child abuse in the second degree and one count of promoting child abuse in the third degree for disseminating and possessing images and videos of child sexual abuse, Attorney General Doug Chin said in a press release.
“Our office has prosecuted four people for child pornography charges this year. This is a heinous offense and we will continue to seek out and prosecute anyone engaging in this destructive behavior,” Chin said.
In an investigation conducted by the Hawaii Ingternet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Soto allegedly disseminated images of children being sexually exploited, and had over 94 movie files — 58 of them of children under the age of 12. Nine of the files depicted children being bound or tortured, the AG’s office said.
Soto has one prior conviction for assault in the third degree.
His indictment is for promoting child abuse in the second degree, a class B felony punishable by up to ten years in prison; and promoting child abuse in the third degree, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.