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Maui man guilty of enticement

A Wailuku man was found guilty Thursday of attempted enticement of a minor after making arrangements to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The verdict convicting Nolan Nishida, 37, followed a three-day trial in U.S. District Court in Honolulu.

According to information presented during the trial, Nishida exchanged messages with the person whom he believed was the girl on Oct. 11, 2017.

“He made arrangements to meet the girl for sex and drove to meet up with her,” according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “Instead of meeting the girl, he was arrested.”

Nishida is scheduled to be sentenced June 15 by Judge Susan Oki Mollway.

The FBI and Maui Police Department investigated the case. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Morgan Early and Margaret Nammar.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to fight child sexual exploitation and abuse.