A federal jury today found Nolan Nishida, 37, of Wailuku, Hawaii, guilty of attempted enticement of a minor in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2442(b). The verdict followed a three-day trial before Senior United States District Judge Susan Oki Mollway. Sentencing is scheduled for June 15, 2020.
According to the information presented during trial, on October 11, 2017, Nishida exchanged messages with an individual whom he believed was a 14 year-old girl. He made arrangements to meet the girl for sex, and drove to meet up with her. Instead of meeting the girl, he was arrested.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Maui Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Morgan Early and Margaret Nammar. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.