Shark expert to plead guilty to child pornography charge

Shark expert to plead guilty to child pornography charge
Randy Honebrink
Randy Honebrink

Local shark expert Randy Honebrink is expected to plead guilty to child pornography charges.

Attorney William Harrison today confirmed the plea deal, which is subject to approval by U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi on Thursday.

Hawaii News Now first broke the story the story that Honebrink was being accused by federal prosecutors of possessing images of young children having sex.

Honebrink, who is the state's stark expert, is often quoted by the media whenever shark attacks occur.

He faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted by a jury but will likely serve much less time under the plea deal.

The case against Honebrink stems from an international investigation dubbed "Operation Spade."

That probe alleged that a Canadian man -- Brian Way -- ran a clearinghouse of child porn through a website.

Police say the videos depicted horrific acts against children as young as five years old.

State officials said that Honebrink remained on the job because he had only been charged but not convicted of a crime.

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