Ex-HPD officer indicted on ‘egregious’ child sex trafficking charges

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Published: Jun. 3, 2022 at 7:47 AM HST|Updated: Jun. 3, 2022 at 1:53 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former Honolulu police officer has been indicted on multiple child sex trafficking and exploitation charges for alleged incidents between 2016 and 2020 ― while he was still at the HPD.

According to Homeland Security Investigations, Mason Jordan was arrested Thursday in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Friday charged Jordan with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, two counts of coercion and enticement, two counts of sex trafficking of a child and one count of cyberstalking.

Federal authorities said the 31-year-old took sexually explicit photographs and video of a child in 2016 and 2017.

He is also accused of impersonating that child on social media to recruit other Hawaii minors to work for him as underage prostitutes. Jordan allegedly met up with some of those children for sex in 2020.

Authorities also say Jordan “sextorted” a woman he encountered “in connection with his duties as a police officer,” using underage photographs of her.

Jordan faces decades behind bars if convicted.

Clare Connors, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii, called the crimes “egregious.”

“The sexual exploitation of children is among the most reprehensible crimes we prosecute and deservedly carries severe criminal penalties,” she said.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Steven Merrill said the fact that Jordan was an officer makes the case “particularly appalling.”

“This arrest demonstrates the importance of the FBI’s commitment to work closely with our partners to investigate cases such as this with a sense of urgency to protect our keiki,” he said.

Jordan served as an HPD officer from 2013 to 2021. He last worked at the Pearl City station where in 2020, federal agents raided his locker for evidence.

“The Honolulu Police Department cooperated with a federal investigation. We thought it was important. This is the kind of conduct it’s not tolerated either within the police department, nor their community,” said former HPD Deputy Chief John McCarthy.

The HPD conducted its own internal investigation, accusing him of additional misconduct involving children.

The HPD alleged that he helped provide alcohol to a minor. He didn’t cooperate with the investigation and the HPD placed him on restricted duty. He resigned before he could be disciplined.

This story will be updated.

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