HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An ex-Bishop Museum security guard and former school lunch supervisor at Benjamin Parker Elementary was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for making arrangements to meet a child for sex.
Douglas Lopez, 46, broke down in tears during his sentencing for first-degree electronic enticement of a child.
"I'd like to say sorry for the family's victim for the pain and suffering that I caused, and for my family and my friends for the pain and suffering that I caused," he said. "I'll take responsibility for my actions."
Investigators say Lopez sent sexually-explicit cell phone text messages to a 13-year-old girl, and then arranged to meet her in person at the Zippy's Restaurant near Windward Mall last May. Law enforcement officers were aware of the plan and arrested him as soon as he arrived.
Circuit Judge Michael Wilson called it a "very serious offense," before handing down the mandatory maximum 10-year prison term. The Hawaii Paroling Authority will decide how much of that sentence Lopez must actually serve before he is eligible for release.
Lopez will also be required to undergo sex offender treatment.