Man indicted on child porn, abuse charges

  • Kaeo

KAILUA-KONA —A Captain Cook man pleaded not guilty to charges of child pornography and child abuse.

A bench warrant was issued May 16 for the arrest of 41-year-old Rudolph Puni Kaeo after a Kona grand jury indicted him on charges the previous day.

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According to the indictment, during the time frame of on or about March 1, 2016, through Jan. 30, 2017, Kaeo asked and encouraged a minor to agree to send sexually explicit photos from her to him via text message.

According to the indictment, Kaeo was found in possession of child pornography.

The 41-year-old was charged with promoting third-degree child abuse, first-degree promoting minor-produced sexual images and third-degree conspiracy to commit promoting child abuse.

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Kaeo was taken into custody last week and appeared Thursday in court. Kona Circuit Judge Robert D.S. Kim maintained bail at $20,000.

Kaeo entered a not guilty plea and a jury trial was scheduled for Oct. 16.