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March 25, 2021Honolulu, HI, United StatesChild Exploitation

Honolulu HSI agents arrest former JROTC instructor for child exploitation

Victim is former student

HONOLULU – Agents from the Honolulu Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested 65-year-old Victor Aguilar, of Kauai, Thursday morning. He faces two counts of sexual exploitation of a child for the purpose of producing child pornography.

The investigation, led by HSI, found Aguilar was the victim’s JROTC instructor and engaged in sex acts with the minor in his home, vehicle and at the high school where he worked. HSI agents also uncovered photos and videos on Aguilar’s work-issued computer that documented the exploitation.

Additionally, Aguilar compiled subfolders of current students and former students of Waimea High School’s JROTC program, dating back to at least 2009, consisting mainly of images that appear to have been pulled from social media websites.

“Our main focus is the victims of these heinous crimes,” says Special Agent in Charge of HSI Honolulu John F. Tobon. “Prosecuting predators hopefully brings some comfort to those victimized and to the community in general.”

HSI is working with the State of Hawaii Department of Education’s Kauai District to identify the other victim’s whose images are stored on Aguilar’s devices or who otherwise may have been victimized. If you or anyone else may have been affected, contact David Dooley, Equity Specialist, at (808) 379-5299, or at 3060 Eiwa Street, Room 305, Lihue, Hawaii 967.

If convicted, Aguilar faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and a statutory maximum of 30 years imprisonment on each count. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney in the District of Hawaii.

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

Updated: 03/26/2021