Police are trying to track down victims of obscene telephone calls by a man posing as a doctor before presenting their case to city prosecutors.
poses as a doctor
A 51-year-old Aiea man
is making calls to
minors, police say
They have identified a 51-year-old Aiea Heights man as the suspect in calls to minors in January and February but have yet to arrest him.
Police said the caller directs the juveniles to perform physical examinations on themselves and other children.
"The showing of a multitude of cases, we believe, is a stronger representation of the truth in this matter," said Detective Letha DeCaires, Honolulu Police Department CrimeStoppers coordinator.
Police officials said they believe there are numerous victims, but they are not sure exactly how many.
Harassment by telephone is a petty misdemeanor under state law, punishable by up to 30 days in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Prosecutions for petty misdemeanors must begin within one year after the crime is committed.
"We are going to be looking back to as many cases still within the statute of limitations," DeCaires said.
Police were able to identify the suspect through "phone traps" and by tracing the telephone calls, she said.
Police said the "phone traps" were set up by Verizon Hawaii.
Victims who received obscene calls notified police, who then asked Verizon to set up the trap.
When the victim got a second obscene call, officials were able to trace it, according to police.
Honolulu Police Department
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