Guilty plea in child pornography case
A 27-year-old McCully man faces multiple mandatory-minimum prison terms of 15 years each after pleading guilty in federal court yesterday to three counts of production of child pornography.
Daniel Guerro Seguerre III also faces a mandatory 10-year term after also pleading guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography, and fines of up to $250,000 on each of the child porn production charges.
Federal Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren told Seguerre that he could be sentenced to a maximum of 30 years on each of the pornography production charges and up to 10 years on the possession charge, with a possibility that all of the sentences could be made to run consecutively.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Olson told Kurren that the case against Seguerre grew out of an FBI investigation last fall of an Oklahoma man who is also facing child pornography charges.
Olson said the Oklahoma agents found a file at the man's house labeled "homemade stuff" and discovered it contained child pornography images that the man told them had been transmitted to him by a Hawai'i resident.
Olson said the child pornography production charges against Seguerre were based on videos depicting two girls, who are now ages 3 and 7, and a boy who is now 5, engaged in sexual activities.
"They were not his children, but he was entrusted with their care," Olson said.
She said Seguerre was arrested Sept. 6, waived his rights and admitted abusing the three children.
Olson said Hawai'i FBI agents searched Seguerre's home on Sept. 7 and found more than 200,000 still photographs of child pornography and more than 3,400 videos, most of them obtained via the Internet.
When asked by Kurren to explain the basis of the crime he was pleading guilty to, Seguerre said: "I took pictures of my friend's kids in sexual poses, and I traded them online."
Seguerre, who was not offered a plea agreement in exchange for his guilty plea, will be sentenced on June 7 by federal Judge David Ezra.
He is being held at the Federal Detention Center near Honolulu airport.