Pearl City man indicted on child porn charges

Published On: Jan 31 2013 04:45:00 PM HST

Ray K. Yokoyama

HONOLULU -

A federal grand jury returned a four count indictment Thursday against Pearl City resident Ray K. Yokoyama, 52, for producing, distributing and possessing child pornography, according to the Department of Justice.

According to the indictment and other court filings, Yokoyama produced child
pornography using a minor on two occasions in 2009, distributed child pornography over an Internet file-sharing network in July 2012, and possessed child pornography in January 2013.

Yokoyama was previously charged in a criminal complaint on Jan. 18.  According to an affidavit filed in support of the complaint, the Federal Bureau of Investigation initiated an investigation after an undercover agent in Dallas downloaded child pornography from a computer in Hawaii.

Agents traced the computer's Internet Protocol address to Yokoyama's home in Pearl City, and executed a search warrant for the residence.

Agents recovered computer storage media, including a disk that contained images of a minor boy engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The grand jury indictment contains two charges that Yokoyama produced child pornography, one charge that he distributed child pornography, and one charge that he possessed images, including those of a minor under the age of 12 years.

Each production charge carries a minimum penalty of 15 years imprisonment, and up to 30 years of imprisonment, as well as the possibility of lifetime supervised release.  The distribution and possession charges each carry a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Yokoyama has been detained since his arrest on Jan. 18.

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