HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii photographer accused of attempting to coerce a 15-year-old into sex was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday.
The indictment charges Dustin Trey Miyakawa, 32, with attempted enticement and coercion of a minor, solicitation of a minor for a commercial sex act, and attempted production of child pornography.
"Miyakawa advertises on social media as a photographer and uses Instagram to lure a teenage minor to his apartment where he then photographed her, offered her money for sex and then tried to extort her when she refused," said Kenji Price, U.S. Attorney District of Hawaii.
Federal authorities have organized a joint task force with the Honolulu Police Department because of multiple reports of child sex trafficking.
"No crime touches us as law enforcement agents and as parents more deeply than the abuse of innocent children," said Frank Cabaddu, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations Honolulu.
Cabaddu said online sexual exploitation of children has reached epidemic proportions.
"Research shows that one in 25 children ages 10 to 17 have received online sexual overtures for face-to-face meeting," Cabaddu said.
Price said their investigation revealed other alleged incidents of similar conduct by Miyakawa. Therefore, authorities are asking for any other potential victims to call 1-800-CALL FBI (1-800-225-5324) or email email@example.com.
If convicted, Miyakawa could face up to 15 years in prison.
He is currently being held without bail.