A 25-year-old Pearl City man has been indicted for one count of Electronic Enticement of a Child in the first degree, according to Acting Attorney General Russell A. Suzuki.
If Jonathan Silva is convicted, he faces 10 years in prison and registration of a sex offender.
Silva is accused of soliciting an 11-year-old girl through her Facebook account for sexual purposes. Silva arranged to meet her at a Pearl City restaurant and was arrested when he arrived there on April 30.
The indictment was the result of an investigation by the Department of the Attorney
General Investigations Division’s Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, assisted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Because of the serious nature of this offense that targets children as victims, the
Attorney General reminds parents and young people to be mindful of the potential for abuse of the Internet. To aid parents and young people in recognizing the dangers of the Internet and to help them take protective measures, the ICAC has created a web site that provides internet safety tips and information on how to report any suspected illegal internet activity that targets children.
Anyone having information concerning possible internet crimes against children should call investigators at (808) 586-1240.
An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proven guilty.