Court date set for civil defense volunteer charged with child enticement

Russell Loo
Russell Loo

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A longtime civil defense volunteer accused of using the Internet to arrange a sexual meeting with a child is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday.

Police on Tuesday charged Russell Loo, 41, with first-degree electronic enticement of a child. If convicted, he faces a mandatory 10-year prison sentence. Bail has been set at $40,000.

Investigators say the suspect went online and had sexually-explicit conversations with an undercover officer who was posing as a 15-year-old girl. Loo is accused of setting up a meeting at Waiau District Park Sunday night to have sex with the child.

A spokesperson for the city Department of Emergency Management says Loo has been a civil defense volunteer for nine years. He has been placed on leave pending the outcome of his criminal case.

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