By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man employed as a security guard and a school lunch aide has been indicted in what the Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force says is its first enticement case involving a "live victim."
The state Attorney General's office on Thursday presented the case against Douglas Lopez, 45, to an Oahu grand jury. The suspect was then indicted on one count of first-degree electronic enticement of a child, and his bail was set at $40,000.
Lopez is accused of sending explicit cell phone text messages to a 13-year-old girl, and then arranging to meet her in person for sex. Investigators say they became aware of the plan because the eighth grader sought help from her mother, who was in a relationship with the suspect at the time.
Previous enticement cases involved suspects communicating with undercover officers who were posing as children on the Internet.
At the time of his arrest, Lopez worked as a lunch supervisor at Benjamin Parker Elementary in Kaneohe and as a security guard at the Bishop Museum. He was suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
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