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June 29, 2020Honolulu, HI, United StatesChild Exploitation

Former little league softball coach charged with producing and possessing child pornography in Hawaiʻi

HONOLULU – A former little league coach was charged by federal complaint today with producing and possessing child pornography, the result of a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Honolulu.

Rian Harold Ishikawa, 42, of Kailua, was charged with one count of producing child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography.

According to the complaint, the defendant has been and is currently involved with managing and or coaching youth sports teams, and was the agent and president of Kainalu Little League, Inc. 

The complaint also alleges that the defendant was a subscriber to an email account that contained recorded videos and photographs of what appears to be prepubescent children in a bathroom.

“This case is particularly troubling in light of the defendant’s access to young people,” said Lucy Cabral-DeArmas, acting special agent in charge for HSI Honolulu. “HSI will continue to work closely with our federal and local law enforcement partners to investigate those who sexually exploit our young people and ensure that these predators feel the full weight of the law.”

“My office will continue to protect our keiki [children] by vigorously pursuing and prosecuting those who sexually exploit them,” said Kenji M. Price, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaiʻi. “The allegations in the complaint, if proven beyond a reasonable doubt, will trigger a penalty that sends an unequivocal message to those who exploit the precious keiki who hold our future in their hands.”

This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.