Maui man busted in Internet enticement sting


POSTED: Wednesday, May 27, 2009


A 37-year-old Maui man appeared in court on Oahu for allegedly arranging to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he met on the Internet.

Prosecutors say Chris Mabe traveled to Honolulu last weekend thinking he was going to meet a girl he had been chatting with via the Internet for about a year.

But prosecutors say Mabe had actually been communicating with an undercover officer who is part of a task force fighting Internet crimes against children.

Mabe was arrested in front of the Waikiki Aquarium when he showed up for the meeting on Sunday. He was charged with the electronic enticement of a minor.

He made his first appearance in court yesterday.

Mabe is being held on $40,000 bail. He faces a mandatory 10-year prison term if convicted.