Former Honolulu Police Officer Arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Child
A former Honolulu police officer was arrested for sexual exploitation of a child, the U.S. Department of Justice stated in a news release Friday, June 3.
Mason Jordan, 31, appeared in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Friday after his arrest there Thursday on charges of sexual exploitation of a child, coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in prostitution, sex trafficking of a child, and cyberstalking.
On May 26, a Honolulu federal grand jury returned the eight-count indictment against Jordan, which was unsealed after his arrest.
According to the indictment and information presented to the court, Jordan — while an officer of the Honolulu Police Department — took sexually explicit photographs of a child in 2017 and used a hidden camera to record sexually explicit videos of that same child on two occasions in 2016. Jordan is also alleged to have impersonated that child, using social media, to recruit other local children to work for him as underage prostitutes in 2020.
Jordan allegedly met up with some of those children for commercial sex acts in 2020. Jordan also allegedly “sextorted” a woman he encountered in connection with his duties as a police officer, using underage photographs he obtained of that woman.
If convicted of the charges, Jordan faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and up to 30 years on three counts of sexual exploitation, a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life on two counts of coercion and enticement and two counts of sex trafficking, and up to five years in prison for cyberstalking.
An indictment is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
“The sexual exploitation of children is among the most reprehensible crimes we prosecute and deservedly carries severe criminal penalties,” said Clare E. Connors, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawai‘i. “When, as here, the perpetrator is a law enforcement officer sworn to protect the community’s most vulnerable members, including our children, the crime is that much more egregious.”
Anyone with any additional information related to this case is asked to call 808-532-3753.