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Online child predator gets one-year jail sentence under plea deal

Christopher Lehano Christopher Lehano
Christopher Lehano Christopher Lehano

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Mililani man who pleaded guilty to using the Internet to set up a sexual meeting with a child was sentenced to one year in jail Monday.

Christopher Lehano, 26, was originally charged with first-degree electronic enticement of a child, a class B felony that carries a mandatory 10-year prison sentence. But in a rare move for an enticement case, the state Attorney General's office agreed to a deal that allowed the defendant to plead guilty to a lesser charge.

Investigators say Lehano went online and arranged a sexual meeting with whom he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He was actually having his explicit conversations with an undercover officer.

The reduced charge of second-degree electronic enticement of a child is punishable by up to five years in prison. But Lehano, instead, received one year in jail and five years probation.

Lehano was ordered into custody immediately. He must also register as a convicted sex offender.

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