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Suspected Internet predator pleads guilty to child enticement

Christopher Lehano Christopher Lehano

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Mililani man accused of trying to hook up with a child for sex went before an Oahu judge and pleaded guilty to second-degree electronic enticement Tuesday.

Christopher Lehano, 26, was scheduled to go to trial this week on a charge of first-degree electronic enticement of a child, which is a class B felony that carries a mandatory 10-year prison sentence. But he struck a deal with the state Attorney General's office and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

Investigators say Lehano went on the Internet and arranged a sexual meeting with whom he thought was a 14-year-old girl. The person he was having online sexual chats with was an undercover officer.

The maximum punishment for second-degree electronic enticement is five years in prison. But under the plea agreement, Lehano may receive one year in jail and five years probation when he is sentenced July 18th.

The deal prohibits Lehano from asking for a deferral in the case. That means the conviction will stand and he will have to register as a convicted sex offender.

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