Attorney General David M. Louie

BY JIM DOOLEY – Last week’s indictment of an alleged electronic sex predator demonstrates the need for parents and children to be vigilant and cautious when going online or using cell phones, Attorney General David Louie said in news conference this morning.

David M. Louie, state attorney general

“There are child predators who will do bad things to our children,” Louie said.

“It used to be our children were safe in our homes and schools. Now the danger is in our cell phones,” he said.

An Oahu grand jury indicted part-time public school worker David John Lopez, 45, on a charge of first-degree electronic enticement of a child.

If convicted, Lopez would face a mandatory 10-year prison term.

Previous cases brought by the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force have been developed through use of undercover officers posing online as minors, Louie said.

His office has successfully prosecuted some 25-30 of those cases.

Only one other case involving a real victim has been charged here, by the Maui Prosecuting Attorney’s office, said Louie.

Lopez allegedly used electronic means to entice a 13-year-old girl to meet him for sex, according to the state.

David J. Lopez

Lopez, a part-time school lunch worker at Benjamin Parker Elementary School in Kaneohe, was a friend of the victim’s mother.

The girl allegedly reported his advances to her mother, who contacted Honolulu police.

Lopez was arrested May 19 at a Kaneohe restaurant.

His bail has been set at $40,000.

Louie said safety tips and other information about internet sex crimes can be found at the ICAC website, http://hawaii.gov/ag/hicac/.

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Jim Dooley joined the Hawaii Reporter staff as an investigative reporter in October 2010. Before that, he has worked as a print and television reporter in Hawaii since 1973, beginning as a wire service reporter with United Press International. He joined Honolulu Advertiser in 1974, working as general assignment and City Hall reporter until 1978. In 1978, he moved to full-time investigative reporting in for The Advertiser; he joined KITV news in 1996 as investigative reporter. Jim returned to Advertiser 2001, working as investigative reporter and court reporter until 2010. Reach him at Jim@hawaiireporter.com