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Maui man accused of flying to Oahu to have sex with child

Chris Mabe Chris Mabe
Nellie Quiocho Nellie Quiocho

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - A Maui man is in Honolulu police custody accused of using the Internet to arrange a sexual meeting with a child.

Under a new Hawaii law, a person convicted of electronic enticement faces a mandatory 10-year prison term. Despite that stiffer punishment, enticement arrests continue.

Nellie Quiocho and her daughters are spending Memorial Day at the Waikiki Aquarium. The Salt Lake mother is very protective of her kids, especially when they venture into cyberspace.

"Everything they do, we have to watch," she said. "Make sure that every, every time they do the computer, one of us stay in the room."

Chris Mabe is a suspected Internet child predator. Police say he went to the aquarium Sunday night because he was fishing for an underage sexual partner.

"That's so scary," Quiocho said.

Investigators say the 37-year-old thought he was having sexual conversations online with a 14-year-old girl and arranged to see her in person. They say the Wailuku, Maui resident flew to Oahu and got a hotel room in Waikiki without realizing he had been chatting with an undercover officer.

Police nabbed him when he showed up at the visitor attraction.

"I feel relieved like that, you know," Quiocho said. "It's not good if those people is walking around the area and you don't know what his intention is. You know, so I feel glad they did that."

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