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District of Hawaii

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Attempted Sexual Enticement of Minors

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Michael David Kirk, 31, a former Navy sailor, was sentenced today in federal court by Chief United States District Judge J. Michael Seabright to 120 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release for attempted sexual enticement of three minor females on a social media application. As part of his sentence, he will also pay a $5,000 special assessment under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. Kirk will also be required to register as a sex offender. He pled guilty to this crime on November 13, 2019.

U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii Kenji M. Price announced that, according to court documents and information presented in court, in March 2019, Kirk corresponded on a social media application with an individual whom he believed was a woman, and arranged a meeting so that he could engage in sexual activity with her three young children, ages 6, 9, and 11 years old. Kirk was later identified and arrested.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Morgan Early.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Ashley Mah Edwards Ashley.Edwards@usdoj.gov
Updated March 5, 2020