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Former Kauai JROTC instructor arrested for sexual exploitation of former student
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Former Kauai JROTC instructor arrested for sexual exploitation of former student

News Release from US DoJ, March 25, 2021

HONOLULU – VICTOR AGUILAR, a 65-year-old resident of Kauai, was arrested on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child under the age of 18 for the purpose of producing child pornography. Judith A. Philips, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii, John F. Tobon, Special Agent in Charge of the Honolulu Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), and Todd Raybuck, Chief of the Kauai Police Department (“KPD”), announced that the charges were contained in a criminal complaint filed in federal court and unsealed today upon the arrest. AGUILAR will make his first court appearance in United States District court on March 29 2021,at 9:30 before United States Magistrate Judge Rom Trader.

The complaint and affidavit allege that AGUILAR was his victim’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (“JROTC”) instructor, and that he sexually exploited the minor victim in his home, in his vehicle, and at the high school at which he worked. Also included in the information contained in those documents is the following:

Beginning in or around 1995, AGUILAR acted as a JROTC instructor at Waimea High School on Kauai, a position from which he recently resigned. The program at has included anywhere from 49 to 205 cadets, at times encompassing as much as 20 percent of the student population. One of AGUILAR’s former JROTC students was the victim in the complaint. Photographs and videos recovered from AGUILAR’s work-issued laptop and portable hard drive reveal that in 2020, AGUILAR sexually exploited the victim and created videos of this sexual exploitation, which videos form the basis for the federal criminal charges in the complaint. An examination of AGUILAR’s work-issued laptop and portable hard drive also revealed that AGUILAR compiled subfolders of students and/or former students of Waimea High School’s JROTC, which appear to date from in or about 2009 until recently, consisting mainly of images that appear to have been pulled from social media websites.

If indicted and convicted of the offenses in the complaint, the defendant would face a mandatory minimum of 15 years’ imprisonment and a statutory maximum of 30 years’ imprisonment on each count. The maximum potential sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the sentencing judge. The complaint also notes that on or about March 11, 2021, AGUILAR was arrested on a state indictment, brought by the County of Kauai Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, charging him with having sexually assaulted a former student. The charges and information contained in the federal complaint and state indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty, which, as to the federal charges, also requires the filing of the charges in an indictment.

Acting U.S. Attorney Philips praised the outstanding investigative work of HSI and the Major Crimes Section and the Crime Scene and Laboratory Section of KPD. She also thanked the County of Kauai Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Waimea High School, the State of Hawaii Department of Education Equity Specialist for the Kauai District, the State of Hawaii Department of Education, the Hawaii Department of Education JROTC Command, and the Hawaii Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Services for their assistance.

“Our main focus is the victims of these heinous crimes,” says Special Agent in Charge of HSI Honolulu John F. Tobon. “Prosecuting predators hopefully brings some comfort to those victimized and to the community in general.”

The State of Hawaii Department of Education’s Kauai District is working to identify individuals whose images were stored on AGUILAR’s devices or who otherwise may have been affected by AGUILAR’s conduct, and is preparing a letter that will be sent to notify those individuals. If you believe you or anyone else may have been affected, you may contact David Dooley, Equity Specialist, at (808) 379-5299, or at 3060 Eiwa Street, Room 305, Lihue, Hawaii 96766.

The prosecution is handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Micah Smith and Morgan Early.

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Kauai instructor accused of child sex crimes was also a longtime foster parent

HNN: … Law enforcement is working to track down dozens of former foster children who spent time with Victor Aguilar over several decades, sources told Hawaii News Now.

Aguilar, 65, was booked into the Federal Detention Center by agents with Homeland Security Investigations on Thursday. He’s charged with two counts of child exploitation for the purpose of producing child pornography.

Kauai County prosecutors also charged Aguilar at the state level last month for allegedly sexually assaulting a former student at Waimea High School, where he was an athletics coach and JROTC instructor since 1995.

Aguilar and his wife fostered about 40 children total and investigators want to know if he abused any of them….

Court documents said law enforcement identified “approximately 1,000 artifacts-both videos and photographs” of the underage victim….

read … Kauai instructor accused of child sex crimes was also a longtime foster parent

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