Department of Transportation employee pleads guilty to child enticement

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A state Department of Transportation employee faces a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Wednesday to first-degree electronic enticement of a child.

Russell Loo admitted in court that he used the Internet to arrange a sexual meeting with a 15-year-old girl. State prosecutors say the 41-year-old didn't realize that he was having sexually-explicit online conversations with an undercover officer.

The defendant also pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent electronic display to a child. He admitted to using his web cam to send sexual images of himself on five occasions.

Transportation officials say Loo is a laborer assigned to the Honolulu International Airport, but his employment status will likely change since he pleaded guilty.

Some in the community also knew him as a long-time volunteer for the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management, previously known as Oahu Civil Defense.

"This should in no way reflect on the good efforts that our volunteers do in the community itself," John Cummings, city Department of Emergency Management, said after Loo's arrest last October.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 11, 2011.

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