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Grand Jury Indicts Kapolei Man on Electronic Enticement Charge

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Under a new law, a Kapolei man charged with electronic enticement of a child won't be able to avoid jail time if he's convicted. Daryl Lee is accused of trying to hook up sexually with a girl he met on the internet.

Thursday, an Oahu grand jury determined there's enough evidence to send the case to trial.

A deputy attorney general emerges from secret grand jury proceedings, and tells a judge how authorities captured a suspected internet predator Tuesday.

"He arranged a meeting with her at the Kakaako Park near the Discovery Center," Albert Cook, deputy attorney general, said. "And when he showed up to the meeting, he was arrested."

KHNL News 8 was there moments after the takedown, and has exclusive video of Daryl Lee being escorted into the main police cellblock. Prosecutors say the 54-year-old accountant started his on-line relationship with a child back in February.

"He solicited via the internet whom he thought was a 14-year-old girl," Cook said.

The teen was actually an undercover law enforcement agent. On this day, prosecutors reveal new details about the alleged cyber conversations.

"He indicated that he wanted to have sexual relations with her, oral sex and intercourse," Cook said. "And he indicated that he wanted to do this while her parents were out of town."

A grand jury indicts the Kapolei husband and father on a first-degree electronic enticement charge. That's a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Under a new law, he faces a minimum of one year in jail if he's convicted.

Lee is free, after posting $40,000 bail. His circuit court arraignment date hasn't been set.

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