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Pepeʻekeo Man Charged in Connection With Reports of Child Porn

March 3, 2022, 1:51 PM HST
* Updated March 3, 2:10 PM
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Elgin Marcos

Big Island police have charged an East Hawai‘i man in connection with an investigation into reports of child porn.

According to a community message from the Hawai‘i Police Department, after investigating reports of a man circulating pornographic material involving a minor via social media, police arrested and charged 20-year-old Elgin Marcos of Pepeʻekeo on Wednesday, March 2.

Marcos is charged with first-degree promotion of child abuse and first-degree violation of privacy. The charges stem from an investigation that was reported in November 2021 involving a female victim older than 14. As a result of the investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Marcos and he was subsequently arrested and charged.

According to a news release from the county prosecuting attorney’s office, Marcos was charged in relation to a Nov. 11, 2021, incident involving a minor.

First-degree promoting child abuse is a Class A felony that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted. First-degree violation of privacy is a Class C felony and carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison if convicted.  

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Marcos made his initial appearance Thursday, March 3, in Kona District Court. According to the prosecutor’s office release, the court reduced his bail from $25,000 to $10,000, despite prosecutors’ objections, and ordered Marcos to appear for a preliminary hearing at 3 p.m. March 7. 

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The lead investigator was Officer Jeremiah Hull with the police department’s Area II Juvenile Aid Section. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kate Perazich.

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