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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:49 a.m., Thursday, October 16, 2003

Man who used Internet to lure minor to be sentenced

Associated Press

The first person indicted in Hawai'i for using a computer to lure a child for sex has pleaded no contest.

Grant Detwiler of Honolulu faces a possible maximum term of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine when he is sentenced Jan. 6.

Detwiler used a home computer to conduct an Internet chat with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, state Attorney General Mark Bennett said.

Detwiler, 27, said he wanted to have sex, and he was arrested when he arrived at the meeting place, according to Bennett.

Detwiler was indicted in February for first-degree electronic enticement of a child under a law created by the 2002 state Legislature. At the time, the attorney generalís office said three other men had been previously arrested for the same offense, but they had been released without being charged.

Bennett reminded the public that people who are looking to develop harmful relationships with minors often use the Internet.

Tips to help parents and young people use the Internet safely can be found at a Web site created by the Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The site also contains information about the National Center for Missing and Exploited Childrenís Cybertipline. The tip line is staffed by center personnel and law enforcement officers around the clock to receive reports of suspicious activity involving possible electronic offenses against children.

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