Legal loophole complicates child porn case in Hawaii

Legal loophole complicates child porn case in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) - A man suspected of showing pornography to a 4-year-old has not been charged yet partly because of a loophole in Hawaii state law.

Authorities say the girl told her parents that a friend's father showed her a video with a sex act in it and asked her if she wanted to try it at a sleepover. She refused.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday that the suspect has not been charged because the alleged video couldn't be found but also because the suspect might have been considered the girl's guardian while she was at his home.

Hawaii's law against promoting pornography to a minor has an exception for parents, guardians or those acting in place of a parent.

The girl's mother has contacted legislators in hopes of getting the law changed.

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