Suspect in child enticement case involving 'live victim' pleads not guilty

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kaneohe man accused of making arrangements to meet an eighth grader for sex pleaded not guilty at his arraignment at Honolulu Circuit Court Monday.

Douglas Lopez, 45, kept his eyes on the floor as he appeared in court with a deputy public defender. He's charged with first-degree electronic enticement of a child, a class B felony.

If convicted, he faces a mandatory 10-year prison sentence.

The state Attorney General's office says the case against Lopez is significant because it's the first time the office is prosecuting an enticement case involving a real child, instead of an undercover officer.

The defendant is accused of sending cell phone text messages of a sexual nature to the 13-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, and then arranging to hook up with the child in person.

He's free after posting $40,000 bail. Trial is tentatively set for August.

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