Judge drops hammer on Internet child predator

Tyler Wong
Tyler Wong
Myles Breiner
Myles Breiner

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - An Oahu judge on Monday dropped the hammer on a former state Department of Public Safety employee who tried to hook up with a child for sex. Tyler Wong used the Internet to arrange the sexual meeting.

He was a recreation specialist at both the Oahu and Women's Community Correctional Centers. But what Tyler Wong did on his own rec time disturbs state prosecutors.

"His intent was to have sex with these people he thought were 13-year-olds," Albert Cook, deputy attorney general, said.

Wong admits he went online and had sexually-explicit conversations with an undercover agent who was posing as a 13-year-old girl. He later showed up at the old Kam Drive-In in Aiea to meet her.

"He went there anticipating there was going to be a young person there," Myles Breiner, defense attorney, said. "That's terribly wrong. Fortunately, it wasn't a young person. Fortunately, he was arrested."

But the defense argues Wong should be placed on probation so he can get psychiatric and sex offender treatment.

"He's a threat to himself and to others," Breiner said. "But he's going to eventually get released. So do we warehouse someone for 10 years, or do we address it now?"

"I realize that, from the police reports and the records in my case, that I need help so that I do not repeat this kind of behavior," Tyler Wong, convicted Internet predator, said.

But the judge goes with the maximum punishment for electronic enticement -- 10 years in prison. Wong's children tearfully say goodbye before a sheriff takes him away.

Prosecutors say the message to adults chatting with kids online is simple.

"Don't talk about sex and don't show up to try to have sex with children," Cook said.

Wong must also register as a convicted sex offender for the rest of his life.