A Florida man has been charged with raping a 15-year-old Hawaii girl he met in an Internet chat room.
Anthony Scott Waterman, 33, made an initial appearance in Honolulu District Court on Friday. He faces up to 20 years on each of six counts of first-degree sexual assault. He also faces five years on each of five counts of third-degree sexual assault.
Police say the girl met Waterman in a Yahoo.com chat room. The two kept in touch over the phone and then Waterman flew to Hawaii on Nov. 12 to meet her.
One week later, he invited her to his rented room in Kaneohe where he forced her to have sex.
The victim told her parents about the attack that day and went to the police the next day.
Honolulu police detective Elizabeth Merrill said in a sworn affidavit that the girl identified him as the man who raped her.
Police found a man matching that description at Honolulu International Airport. The court set his bail at $250,000, said Jim Fulton, a spokesman for the City Prosecutor's Office. His hearing was set for Tuesday. Waterman wasn't charged under a new state law designed to punish adults for using the Internet to lure minors into having sex. Instead, Waterman far more serious charges, Fulton said. The new electronic enticement law carries a mandatory minimum jail sentence of one year and a maximum sentence of 10 years.