Another Suspected Internet Predator Nabbed

(KHNL) -- It's another frightening reminder of the dangers lurking on the internet. A Waikiki man is in police custody, accused of sexually assaulting a girl he met on-line.

It's at least the third time in one month that Honolulu police have made this type of arrest. That's three different men who are suspected of turning their on-line relationships, with minors, into sexual ones.

"The fact that we have three now so far this year gives us reason to be very concerned about it," Capt. Frank Fujii, Honolulu Police Department, said.

Officers arrested Matthew Cargill Sunday. Police say the 29-year-old posed as a 16-year-old boy on MYSPACE.COM, and arranged to meet with a 15-year-old girl.

"The young people using the internet, you need to realize that if you're not being real honest, or less than truthful, if you're being less than truthful about the information you put on the screen, you can be pretty certain that the other people on that screen are probably putting less than truthful information," Fujii said.

The victim told investigators the suspect sexually assaulted her in his car, near the U.H. Manoa campus. Police recovered the suspect's car in Waikiki.

Officers arrested Cargill for investigation of two counts of first-degree sex assault, five counts of third-degree sex assault, and one count of electronic enticement of a child.

Court records indicate Cargill has prior convictions for indecent exposure, open lewdness, and harassment by stalking.

"Nobody should depend on the internet to meet people. You don't know who you're talking to," Fujii said.