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Guardsman guilty of trying to arrange sexual meeting with child

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By Minna Sugimoto bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sentencing has been set for April for a Hawaii Air National Guard member convicted of soliciting sex from a child over the Internet.

Matthew Lewis, 34, testified on Friday that he arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl at the McCully Zippy's to have sex with her, but then realized he couldn't go through with it. He says he didn't commit a crime because he never actually stopped at the meeting place.

A jury had the case for about an hour before rejecting his defense and finding him guilty of electronic enticement of a child.

State prosecutors say Lewis had multiple sexually-explicit conversations online with an undercover officer who was posing as the teenager.

The former karate instructor will be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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