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MPD Arrests 7 on Charges of Attempted Sexual Contact With a Minor

March 16, 2021, 4:01 PM HST
* Updated March 16, 4:06 PM
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Maui police arrested seven adult males over the weekend for allegedly attempting to engage in sexual activity with minors.

In a sting dubbed Operation Keiki Shield 7, police said the objective was to “identify, locate, and arrest offenders who commit Internet-facilitated sexual crimes against children and to identify and rescue child victims of child sexual exploitation and abuse.”

Undercover agents posed as children online, where the accused reportedly took quote “substantial steps” to meet with them and engage in illicit activity. Those arrested include:

  • Finehafo’ou Hafoka, 26, of Kahului: first degree electronic enticement of a child and promoting pornography for minors.
  • Edward Hsu, 49, of Kīhei: first degree electronic enticement of a child and indecent electronic display to a child.
  • Joshua Irvine, 35, of Wailuku: first degree electronic enticement of a child and indecent electronic display to a child.
  • Bruce Mann, 71, of Wailuku: first degree electronic enticement of a child and indecent electronic display to a child.
  • Jerome Ulep, 34, of Kahului: first degree electronic enticement of a child and indecent electronic display to a child.
  • Abdila Oluwatimilehin, 23, of Kīhei: first degree electronic enticement of a child.
  • Ryan Kiefer-Fu, 28, of Pinole, CA: first degree electronic enticement of a child.

Bail for each of the suspects has been set at $150,000.

All cases have been referred to the County of Maui, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney for review.

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The Maui Police Department Criminal Investigation and Juvenile Crime Prevention Divisions are actively investigating additional criminal offenses as a direct result of this operation.

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Due to the efforts of investigators participating in this operation, a previously unknown child victim of past sexual offenses was identified. Maui Police Department investigators are working to locate this victim and get social and mental health services to this individual.

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