Child Enticement Suspect Sentenced To 10-Year Prison Term
Updated On: Nov 07 2011 05:48:28 AM HST
A Circuit Court judge on Monday handed down the maximum sentence for a Windward Oahu man who plead guilty to using a cellphone to arrange a meeting with a 13-year-old girl for sex.
Douglas Lopez stood before Judge Michael Wilson and apologized to the family of his 13-year-old victim and did the same for his family.
"To my family and my friends for the pain and suffering I've caused. I will take responsibility for my actions," said Lopez.
Lopez was arrested on May 19, 2011 at the Zippy's restaurant in Kaneohe, where officials said he showed up to meet the girl for sex.
The state attorney general's office said Lopez used the screen names "Dougie-Fresh" and "Uncle Doug" in sexually explicit text messages with the girl.
At the time, Lopez worked as a lunch supervisor at Benjamin Parker Elementary School in Kaneohe and as a security guard at Bishop Museum. But he immediately began serving his 10-year sentence, the mandatory penalty for the electronic enticement of a child.
"It is important for you to remember the victim in this case. I can see you said you've expressed sorrow about what happened. But make sure when you are released that you do follow through with the sex offender treatment," said Wilson.
Lopez is the second person in Hawaii to be indicted for electronic enticement of a child, which involved an actual girl instead of an undercover officer.
Outside the courtroom, Lopez's family said Douglas Lopez was not a criminal, but just made a mistake. They claim it was a "set up."
Lopez was sentenced to the maximum 10 years in prison, but the Hawaii Paroling Authority will decide the minimum time he will be required to serve before he is eligible for parole.
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