Jury finds Kona man guilty of electronic enticement of a child and attempted promoting pornography for minors

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A Kona jury has found 32 year-old Micaiah Smith of Kailua-Kona guilty as charged to Electronic Enticement of a Child in the First Degree and Attempted Promoting Pornography for Minors as a part of Operation Keiki Shield which took place between March 31, 2023 and April 2, 2023.

Micaiah Smith
Micaiah Smith (Courtesy of the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney)

The news was announced in a press release from the County of Hawaiʻi’s Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in a press release on April 24, which stated:

After reading the jury’s guilty verdict on Thursday afternoon, Prosecutors requested that Smith, who was previously released on $15,000.00 bail, have his bail revoked and that he be taken into custody. The Court denied the request and ordered that Smith return for his sentencing hearing on June 24, 2024.

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Smith exchanged text messages and
sent pictures of his genitals to an undercover police officer, whom Smith believed to be a 15
year-old girl.


Electronic Enticement of a Child in the First Degree is a Class B felony offense
which carries a penalty of a ten-year prison term without the possibility of probation and
mandates registration as a sex offender.

Attempted Promoting Pornography for Minors is a class C felony offense which carries a maximum penalty of a five-year prison term. Operation Keiki Shield is a state-federal-local collaborative initiative focused on identifying and arresting offenders who commit internet-facilitated sex crimes against minors and rescuing victims of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Operation Keiki Shield included members of numerous law enforcement agencies, including the Hawai‘i Police Department (“HPD”), Hawai‘i County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Department of the Attorney General, Internet Crimes Against Children’s (“ICAC”) Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Honolulu Police Department, and the Maui Police Department (“MPD”).


The case was led by Acting Lieutenant Brandon Mansur, Area II Community Policing
formerly of the Juvenile Aid Section, HPD, and Detective John Surina, MPD. The case is being
prosecuted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Annaliese Wolf and Matthew Woodward.

“Our Office is committed to seeking justice for victims and protecting our community
from those who prey upon our keiki,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kelden Waltjen. “This verdict
was the result of the hard work, dedication, and collaboration of HPD, MPD, and our
prosecutors. I would also like to the thank the jury for their time and service.”

The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney remains dedicated to the pursuit of justice with
integrity and commitment. Anyone having information to assist local law enforcement should
call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.


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