On-Line Child Enticement Suspect Arraigned

Howard Luke
Howard Luke

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A Kapolei man accused of trying to hook up sexually with a girl he met on-line plans to fight the charge. Daryl Lee pleads not guilty, as his attorney addresses the allegations for the first time.

With a weary look on his face, a married man accused of using the internet to set up a sexual encounter with a child waits for his turn in front of a judge.

"Obviously, he's very distressed, as is his family," Howard Luke, defense attorney, said. "The indictment itself, having reviewed the indictment, I think it's extremely vague."

Daryl Lee is charged with electronic enticement. Prosecutors say the 54-year-old started an on-line relationship with a 14-year-old girl back in February, and arranged to meet her at Kakaako Waterfront Park for sex May 1st. The teen was actually an undercover law enforcement agent.

"Your honor, we've received a copy of the indictment in this case," Luke told the judge. "We waive public reading and enter a plea of not guilty, have the matter set for trial."

The judge schedules Lee's trial for July.

"Any response to the allegations? Anything you want to say?" this reporter asked Lee following the arraignment.

"No comment," the defendant replied.

First-degree electronic enticement is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Under a new law, the accountant from Kapolei faces a minimum of one year in jail if he's convicted.

"I need to look at the videotape of the grand jury proceeding, look at the reports in this case, and then make a determination as to what, what's the appropriate course of action on behalf of Mr. Lee," Luke said.

Lee is free on $40,000 bail.