A Maalaea man is facing felony charges for allegedly sending images containing child pornography to a man in California.
Kent Douglas Michaud, 59, was arrested after federal agents and Maui police executed a search warrant at his residence and seized his computer Thursday morning, according to documents filed in court to support the arrest. His arrest stemmed from a federal child pornography investigation that began in California.
From his computer in Maalaea, Michaud sent 20 images containing child pornography to the California man from Jan. 4 to Feb. 28, 2013, court documents say. The images show children ranging in age from about 3 to 10 being subjected to sexual acts, according to court documents.
Michaud, who also is known as Kent Douglas, told investigators he received photos from people he met online and "traded" them to others to receive new photos online. He denied participating in any sexual acts involving minors.
Michaud was charged with 20 counts of second-degree promotion of child abuse.
During his initial appearance Friday in Wailuku District Court, Michaud was released on supervision at the request of the prosecutor's office. A preliminary hearing for him was set for 2 p.m. March 19.
Judge Adrianne Heely ordered Michaud to remain in the state and to surrender his passport until the case is resolved.
"I'm not going anywhere," Michaud said in court.