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EXCLUSIVE: Shark expert faces child porn charge

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Federal prosecutors have filed child pornography charges against a well-known local shark expert.

The case against Randy Honebrink is part of an international kiddie porn sting that's netted nearly 350 arrest in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Germany.

Sources said Honebrink was one of the website's alleged customers. Prosecutors said they found two images of young children engaging in sex on his computer.

"On or about June 4, 2013 ... Randy Honebrink knowingly possessed matters that the defendant knew contained visual images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct," federal prosecutors Thomas Brady and Darren Ching wrote in their criminal complaint.

Honebrink declined comment when asked about the charges. The Department of Land and Natural Resources said Honebrink remains on the job since he's only been accused and has not been convicted.

The 58-year-old Honebrink is employed as an educational coordinator by the DLNR where he is often called by the media whenever a shark attack occurs.

The international investigation -- dubbed Operation Spade -- focused on a Canadian man Brian Way who ran a clearinghouse of child pornography through a website called AZOF Films Dot Com.

Canadian police say customers from around the world ordered the movies by mail and online. Some paid people to film children, mainly in Eastern European countries, prosecutors alleged.

Investigators said the videos depict extremely graphic sexual acts against children. Some of the victims were as young as five-years old.

"It was well known to sexual predators, especially sexual predators that like young boys," Joanna Beaven-Desjardins of the Toronto Police Sex Crimes Unit said in a news conference in November.

According to Beaven-Desjardins, AZOF Films earned more than $4 million from selling kiddie porn. Shutting down the operation rescued more than 380 young children from sexual exploitation, police said.

Honebrink is expected to make his first court appearance sometime next week.

 

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