Kapolei Accountant Throws in the Towel in Electronic Enticement Case

Daryl Lee
Daryl Lee

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A Kapolei man accused of using the internet to arrange a sexual encounter with a child gives up his court fight.

Daryl Lee stood before a Circuit Court judge and changed his plea from not guilty to no contest Thursday morning.

State prosecutors say the 55-year-old accountant arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl at Kakaako Waterfront Park for sex May 1st. But the person he was chatting with on-line was actually an undercover law enforcement agent.

"I think because it's on the internet, it gives people this illusion that what they're doing is private," Albert Cook, deputy attorney general, said. "So I think it, some of their inhibitions that they might normally have in public, they tend to let down and the desires that are lurking in their hearts come out."

Under a new law, Lee faces a mandatory minimum of one year in jail, and could get up to 10 years. He's scheduled to be sentenced in January.