Pasadena Man Studying Pharmacology in Hawaii Charged in Child Pornography Case

Published : Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 5:02 AM

A 33-year-old man from Pasadena who was studying at the University of Hawaii pleaded not guilty in Hilo Circuit Court Wednesday to charges of allegedly possessing child pornography.

Milton Giovanni Ferreyro faces two counts of second-degree promotion of child abuse and one count of third-degree promotion of child abuse.

Judge Greg Nakamura of Hawaii’s Third Circuit Court in Hilo ordered Ferreyro to appear for trial on December 18.

Police arrested Ferreyro at the Hilo International Airport on September 14 and charged him on a bench warrant issued September 11.

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

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

The indictment said Ferreyro, in October 2017, had a hard disk drive and iPhone 7, both of which contained 30 or more images of child pornography. Each device contained at least one image depicting a child younger than 12.

He also allegedly had child pornographic images on a thumb drive labeled “The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, University of Hawaii at Hilo” and media files contained on an iPad Air II, the indictment said.

Ferreyro’s Honolulu-based attorney Pamela Lundquist asked the judge to allow Ferreyro, who is free on $120,000 bail, to travel to Pasadena to live with his parents while he awaits trial.

Deputy Prosecutor Evans Smith objected to the request.

Judge Nakamura instructed Lundquist to submit her motion in writing before he’ll consider it, a media report said.

The indictment requests the judge to consider extended sentencing “for the protection of the public,” should Ferreyro be convicted on two or more of the felony charges.

Last month, a University of Hawaii spokesperson said Ferreyro was no longer a student at the College of Pharmacy. Ferreyro reportedly took a leave of absence in the spring 2018 semester and did not return to school in August.

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