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Oahu Man Sentenced to Forty Years in Prison for Producing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Hawaii

HONOLULU – Chief United States District Judge Derrick K. Watson sentenced Daniel Brito, 33, of Honolulu, today to forty years in prison and lifetime of supervised release for production of child pornography. He must also pay the four identified minor victims $3,000 each in restitution. Brito has been detained in custody since he was arrested in December 2021. Brito pleaded guilty to the child pornography production offense on November 2, 2023. At the time of the offenses in the federal case, Brito was on State probation and a registered as a sex offender due to a prior State of Hawaii conviction for sexual assault in the third degree of a minor relative.

According to information produced to the court, from around 2019 through 2021, Brito communicated on multiple internet-based social media applications with at least four minor females, as young as twelve years old, for the purpose of directing and soliciting them to send him sexually explicit images and videos of themselves. In addition to the sexually explicit materials Brito solicited from those minors, Brito also possessed thousands of images of child pornography, to which he had access from his phone on the date of his arrest. The videos included those of adults engaged in sexual acts with young children.

“This substantial sentence reflects the horrifying fact that while on probation for sexually assaulting a child family member, Brito victimized at least four additional children,” said United States Attorney Clare E. Connors. “No child should suffer the incalculable damage from such abuse, and we will continue to identify perpetrators, prosecute them and help victims find healing through the justice system.”

“This sentence highlights how important it is to the FBI and our community to protect our keiki from predators such as Brito who, despite being a registered sex offender, continued to victimize others,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Steven Merrill. “The public should know that we will continue to vigorously pursue and investigate those who prey on our children and bring them to justice.”

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebecca Perlmutter handled the prosecution.


Elliot Enoki

Updated March 1, 2024

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