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Convicted child molester gets 20-year prison term in latest case

Jay Abregana Jay Abregana
Klemen Urbanc Klemen Urbanc
Abregana with Darcia Forester Abregana with Darcia Forester

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A convicted sex offender whom federal authorities feared would victimize more children if released from custody did exactly as expected and was sentenced to a new 20-year prison term Wednesday.

Jay Abregana first asked Circuit Judge Glenn Kim to postpone the hearing because his mother wasn't present in the courtroom. The judge rejected that request.

For Abregana, it was a familiar scene -- walking into a courtroom to be sentenced for victimizing a child.

"My son will suffer with this for the rest of his life," the sex assault victim's mother said. "It's been a really rough road since all of this happened."

Honolulu prosecutors say the 40-year-old repeatedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy, shortly after he was released from federal custody in a separate child pornography case.

"I just want you to know that it's not okay," the victim's mother continued. "It's not okay to be hurting innocent children."

In 2008, as the convicted child pornographer was wrapping up his federal prison sentence, US prosecutors sought an order to have him civilly committed to a mental institution, calling him a dangerous sexual predator who would likely re-offend.

But a federal judge denied that request and Abregana was freed.

"He has a serious problem when it comes to engaging in sexual conduct with minors," Klemen Urbanc, city deputy prosecutor, said.

City prosecutors handling Abregana's latest case expressed concern over statements he made to a probation officer during the pre-sentence investigation.

"He placed blame on the victim for his actions, stating that this 12-year-old victim was the one who was approaching him and requesting sexual conduct from him," Urbanc said.

On this day, he had nothing to say.

"Does your client want to address the court?" the judge asked.

"Did you want to say anything?" Darcia Forester, deputy public defender, asked.

"Uh, no," Abregana replied.

Kim sentenced him to 20 years in prison for two counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of third-degree sexual assault. Under a plea deal, two counts of videotaping the sex acts will be dropped.

The victim's mother says she forgives him.

"I needed to forgive you in order to move on in my life," she said.


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