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Convicted sex offender tells FBI 'I'm busted' after arrest on child pornography charges

Michael Kormanik Michael Kormanik
KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

"I'm busted."  

That's what a convicted child rapist allegedly said after FBI agents arrested him last week on child pornography charges.

According to federal court documents, undercover agents started watching Michael Kormanik's computer habits back in March, after child pornography files were shared using his IP address.

For months, agents monitored the Kalihi man and on November 3, say he distributed at least one picture of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Agents raided his home near Gulick Avenue and School Street, and took his computer. On the device, they said they found more than 1,000 files of "investigative interest" for child pornography.

Court records also say that when Kormanik was confronted with four photos of children under five years old being sexually assaulted, he admitted to having the pictures and that he had collected child pornography for "five to six years."

That's also when he reportedly told the agents, "I was looking at that stuff" and "I'm busted."

Kormanik is being held without bail at the Federal Detention Center.

The prosecutor in the case said he is a danger to the community.

His neighbors say they were stunned to see FBI agents raid Kormanik's apartment.

The 54-year old was known as "Uncle Mike" and it wasn't unusual for teenage boys to congregate at his home.

One young boy told me "Uncle Mike" would take neighborhood boys fishing and invite them over to listen to music. The boy also said "Uncle Mike" never hurt anyone.

Honolulu police arrested Kormanik in 1990 for sexually assaulting an eight-year old boy.

He admitted back then that he had attacked the child more than 50 times and told the detective that "he was sexually attracted to boys about 13 years of age."

He was sentenced to one year in jail and five years of supervised release.

In 1997, he was arrested again for criminal contempt of court. His probation was revoked and he was sentenced to 10 years.

On the new charges, he faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

For the state's online sex offender registry, click here

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