HONOLULU – Dustin Trey Miyakawa, 32, a resident of Oahu, was indicted by a federal grand jury today with attempted enticement and coercion of a minor, solicitation of a minor for a commercial sex act, and attempted production of child pornography. Miyakawa was previously arrested on May 3, 2018, and ordered detained pending further proceedings.
Kenji M. Price, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii, announced that the indictment charges Miyakawa with using social media and a cell phone to entice a 15-year-old female to engage in sexual conduct prohibited by Hawaii State law. The indictment also charges Miyakawa with soliciting a commercial sex act from the minor, in violation of the federal statute that prohibits child sex trafficking, and attempting to produce sexually explicit photos of her, i.e., child pornography. The charges arise out of allegations that Miyakawa, who advertises on social media as a photographer, used Instagram to set up a meeting with the minor victim at his apartment where he took nude photographs of her, offered her money for sex, and then tried to extort her with the nude photographs when she refused his offer to accept money for sex.
The FBI is asking members of the public who may be victims in this case, or have information about additional victims in this case, to contact the FBI at Studio2Victims@fbi.gov or 1-800-CALL FBI (1-800-225-5324).
FBI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Sean Kaul stated, “This type of crime represents a malicious threat to the most vulnerable among us, it specifically targets our children. The FBI is deeply committed to working with the U.S. Attorney's Office and our Law Enforcement Partners to investigate these crimes to the fullest extent.”
“The predators who are brazenly stalking our children online need to know that HSI, together with its law enforcement partners, is working tirelessly to track you down and hold you accountable for your crimes,” said Frank Cabaddu, acting Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Honolulu. “We need the public’s assistance in this effort. We urge anyone in the community who has information about this case, or any other incident involving possible child sex trafficking, to come forward so we can prosecute the perpetrators and provide assistance to their victims.”
Miyakawa will appear in court on May 17, 2018, for an arraignment and plea on the charges, at which time a trial date will be scheduled. An indictment is merely an allegation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. If convicted of the charges, Miyakawa faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine for the sex trafficking and child pornography charges, and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine for enticement of a minor. The statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. If convicted of any offense, the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
The case was jointly investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI, and the Honolulu Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Morgan Early.