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Pharmacy student charged with child pornography

CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION: University of Hawaii at Hilo spokesman Jerry Chang said Wednesday that Milton Ferreyro is no longer a student at the College of Pharmacy. According to Chang, Ferreyro took a leave of absence in the spring 2018 semester and did not return to school in August.

Police on Friday arrested and charged a 33-year-old Pasadena, Calif., man on a bench warrant issued Sept. 11 with a sealed indictment.

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The warrant charges Milton Giovanni Ferreyro with two counts of second-degree promotion of child abuse and one count of third-degree promotion of child abuse.

Second-degree promotion of child abuse is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and is usually associated with dissemination or intent to disseminate child pornography.

Third-degree promotion of child abuse is a Class C felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment and is usually associated with the possession of child pornography.

According to a police log, Ferreyro was taken into custody at 8:25 p.m. Friday at the Hilo International Airport. His bail was set at $120,000.

According to Ferreyro’s Facebook page, he is a student at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and formerly worked as a certified pharmacy technician in California.

Ferreyro was not in custody when he appeared without an attorney Monday in Hilo Circuit Court, which suggests he was able to post bail.

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Judge Henry Nakamoto referred Ferreyro to the Office of the Public Defender and ordered him to return to court for arraignment and plea at 8 a.m. Oct. 3.

The judge did not order the indictment unsealed during the brief hearing, so the Tribune-Herald has not had an opportunity to examine specific allegations against Ferreyro.