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Monday, December 16, 2013

Pearl City Man Sentenced To 13 Years In Jail For Child Pornography Offenses

HONOLULU – Kyle Tom Kamaiopili, 40, a resident of Pearl City, was sentenced in federal court on December 13, 2013 to a jail term of 13 years for five federal child pornography offenses. Kamaiopili previously pled guilty to four counts of distributing child pornography over the Internet, and to one count of possessing approximately 4,300 still images and 125 videos of child pornography at his residence.

Florence T. Nakakuni, United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii, said that according to information presented in court, federal agents learned of Kamaiopili’s identity following the arrest of a Tennessee individual for exchanging child pornography. A review of the Tennessee individuals’ email accounts revealed that he had exchanged images with Kamaiopoli. Agents then searched Kamaiopili’s Pearl City residence, and recovered computers and storage media containing child pornography files. Kamaiopili was arrested on May 24, 2013, and has been in custody since then.

During sentencing proceedings, the government pointed out that Kamaiopili had admitted viewing and collecting child pornography since 2001, including a five year period when he was serving a state probationary sentence for a negligent homicide case arising out of an incident in which he drove a vehicle while intoxicated. Kamaiopili also exchanged non-graphic images of a nine-year old girl who was the daughter of his friend. Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway imposed a jail term of 156 months, following which he will be on supervised release for ten years, during which he will be monitored by the probation office and have restrictions on his access to the Internet.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Tong.

Updated February 19, 2015