Police search Puna B&B for child porn


A search warrant was executed Wednesday afternoon on a Puna bed-and-breakfast owned by a suspect in an alleged child molestation and pornography case.

The FBI and local police combed through the bed and breakfast in Leilani Estates.

The FBI distributed a photo Tuesday of a man they said had distributed Internet images of himself engaged in sex acts with a boy of about 9 years old and a girl of about 4.

On Wednesday, the agency released a written statement saying that public tips have led to the identification of a suspect. The agency did not disclose the suspect’s identity, and no arrests have been made or charges filed, Special Agent Tom Simon of the Honolulu office said on Wednesday.

“If our investigation culminates in criminal charges, we will make an announcement at that time,” Simon said. “As you can imagine, it’s a sensitive situation. What we don’t want to do is hang this guy out to dry until we have enough evidence to bring charges against the guy — whoever the guy is.”