Kauai Now: 2 Kaua'i men charged with luring a minor on the Internet

Kauai Now: 2 Kaua’i men charged with luring a minor on the Internet

Two Kaua’i men have been arrested following a joint police operation to identify and apprehend online sexual predators targeting children.

This past weekend, the Kaua’i Police Department executed Operation Keiki Shield, in partnership with the Department of the Attorney General, its Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, or ICAC, as well as numerous federal and military law enforcement partners and the attorney’s office.

Operation Keiki Shield is an ongoing effort to identify, locate and arrest offenders who commit internet-facilitated child sex crimes and to identify and rescue child victims of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Authorities arrested Nicholas Wehrly, 34, of Ele’ele, and Eric Nakamoto, 39, of Hanamaulu over the weekend. The men are facing first-degree electronic seduction of a child and both have bond set at $20,000.

“As a father and husband, there is nothing more important to me than the safety of our Keiki,” Kaua’i Police Chief Todd Raybuck said.

Since the first iteration of Operation Keiki Shield on Kaua’i in November 2019, five suspects have been arrested on Garden Isle.

Operation Keiki Shield 14 was organized by the KPD and included officers and agents from the Kaua’i Police Department, Attorney General’s Department, ICAC Task Force, Maui Police Department, of the Honolulu Police Department, Navy Criminal Investigative Service, and Honolulu Homeland Security Investigations.

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