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Man sentenced in ‘sexting’ case

July 26, 2012
The Maui News

HONOLULU (AP) - The first person in Hawaii to face criminal charges for "sexting" has been sentenced to five years of probation.

Former middle school teaching assistant Cody Onizuka reached a deal with prosecutors that guaranteed him no jail time and no requirement to register as a sex offender.

But Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario on Wednesday ordered the 26-year-old to undergo sex offender treatment, as recommended by Onizuka's probation officer.

Onizuka was charged with possession of child pornography and violating a restraining order for providing a 12-year-old girl from Niu Valley Middle School a cellular telephone.

His indictment said Onizuka convinced the student to send him nude photographs of herself using the phone.



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