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Investigators: Suspected Cyber Predator Described Himself as Hot

Jason Neu Jason Neu
This is the photograph that Neu used online This is the photograph that Neu used online
Maile Kanemaru Maile Kanemaru

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) - There are new details about a man accused of using the internet to set up a sexual encounter with a child. KHNL News 8 has obtained some of the on-line messages investigators say the suspect sent.

At right, you see how Jason Neu looked Monday, as he appeared before an Oahu judge.

But investigators say the photo you see to the right is what the suspected child predator used while chatting on-line.

"Shock, of course," Maile Kanemaru, Central YMCA, said. "So, you know, we just didn't know anything until we saw it on the news."

Prior to his arrest, the visitor from California stayed at the YMCA on Atkinson Drive.

"It's run like a hotel. We have 114 rooms, and we service people from all walks of life," Kanemaru said. "We basically have house rules. But we don't do any checks for them."

Neu is accused of using the internet to set up a sexual encounter with a teenaged boy. In one message that KHNL News 8 obtained, he allegedly wrote, "I'm way hotter live...plus, my big baby blues will put a spell on you!"

Investigators say the suspect was actually communicating with a law enforcement officer from Michigan who was posing as a 14-year-old boy.

YMCA officials are cooperating with the criminal investigation, and have sealed off the room Neu was staying in. They describe the suspect as an unassuming man, who kept to himself during his two-day stay.

"It's an isolated incident," Kanemaru said. "We certainly, certainly are, were as shocked as everybody else that clip on the news. And regrettably, it happened here."

At a hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning, Neu is expected to fight extradition to Michigan. There, he faces charges of sexually abusive activity involving a child, and using a computer to commit a crime. Each is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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