HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former state Department of Transportation employee was taken into custody Monday to begin serving a maximum 10-year prison sentence for trying to arrange a sexual meeting with a minor via the Internet.
Russell Loo earlier pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree electronic enticement of a child, and five counts of indecent electronic display to a child. Circuit Judge Richard Pollack on Monday ordered him to serve the penalties concurrently.
The 41-year-old believed he was chatting online with a 15-year-old girl. He didn't realize that he was having his sexual conversations with an undercover officer.
State prosecutors say Loo also performed sexual acts on his web cam on five occasions.
Loo was a laborer assigned to the Honolulu International Airport. Transportation officials say he turned in his resignation in May while awaiting sentencing.
He was also known in the community as a long-time volunteer for the city Department of Emergency Management, previously known as Oahu Civil Defense.