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Grand Jury Indicts Hawai‘i Soldier for Attempting to Support ISIS

July 21, 2017, 4:39 PM HST
* Updated July 21, 4:45 PM
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Ikaika Erik Kang, 34, an Army sergeant first class stationed at Schofield Barracks on O‘ahu in Hawai‘i, was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 19, 2017, with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Kang was previously arrested on July 8, 2017, and ordered detained pending further proceedings.

District of Hawai‘i Acting United States Attorney Elliot Enoki and National Security Acting Assistant Attorney General Dana Boente announced that the indictment charges Kang with four counts of attempting to provide material support to ISIS, based on events that occurred in Hawai‘i between June 21 and July 8. The indictment and an earlier criminal

The indictment and an earlier criminal complaint allege that Kang met with undercover agents of the FBI whom he believed to be affiliated with ISIS, and provided military information, some of which was classified by the United States at the SECRET level.

Kang is also charged with providing property (a drone and military clothing and equipment) and training (instruction on combat techniques and weapons training which was videotaped for future use by ISIS) to undercover agents whom he believed to be affiliated with ISIS.


Kang will appear in court on Thursday, July 24, 2017, for an arraignment and plea on the charges, at which time a trial date will be scheduled.


An indictment is merely an allegation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and
until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. If convicted of the charges,

If convicted of the charges, Kang faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine for each count. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. If convicted of any offense, the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States
Army, Criminal Investigation Division and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ken
Sorenson and Marc Wallenstein, and Trial Attorney Taryn Meeks of the National Security
Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

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