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Hawaii Air National Guard airman indicted in child-enticement sting

  • COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

    Jacob Landon Powers

A 34-year-old Honolulu man was indicted Thursday on a charge of luring a girl to a meeting to have sex with her.

Jacob Landon Powers was charged with first-degree electronic enticement of a child.

“Luring a minor to have sex is a horrible crime,” state Attorney General Douglas Chin said Thursday. “Not only is the act itself criminal, it can damage the child for the rest of that child’s life.”

Powers is a Hawaii Air National Guard airman.

Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Charles Anthony said privacy laws bar him from discussing Powers’ case. But he said that in general, a member of the Air National Guard accused of a felony is suspended from drills, pending the outcome of the criminal case.

The Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children task force conducted the investigation.

According to the charges, Powers used his mobile phone to communicate with someone he believed was a 14-year-old girl and arranged to meet her for sex.

Powers then arrived at the time and place they had agreed upon and was arrested, the attorney general said.

Conviction on the charge is punishable by 10 years in prison without the possibility of probation, according to the attorney general’s office.

Bail has been set at $11,000.

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