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Grand Jury Elects to Indict Pepeekeo Man in Child Pornography Case

by Thunda

Prosecuting Attorney Kelden Waltjen announced that a Pepeekeo man, 20-year-old Elgin Marcos has been indicted by a Kona grand jury in relation to a November 21, 2021 incident involving a minor.

As the Indictment alleges, Marcos is charged with three (3) counts including Promoting Child Abuse in the First Degree (produce or participate in the preparation of child pornography), Promoting Child Abuse in the Second Degree (disseminate child pornography), and Violation of Privacy in the First Degree (disclose and/or threaten to disclose an image and/or video of another person in the nude and/or engaging in sexual conduct, without the person’s consent with intent to harm the person’s health, safety, business, calling, career, education, financial condition, reputation, personal relationships, and/or as an act of revenge and/or retribution).

The most serious offense, Promoting Child Abuse in the First Degree, is a class A felony offense and carries a maximum penalty of twenty (20) years in prison.

Marcos is scheduled to make his initial appearance on Monday in Kona Circuit Court. He remains in custody in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.

Marcos was originally arrested and charged via Complaint in Kona District Court with a single count each of Promoting Child Abuse in the First Degree and Violation of Privacy in the First Degree last month. At his initial appearance in Kona District Court, Marcos’ bail was reduced over Prosecutors’ objections and he later posted $10,000.00 bail. Prosecutors’ elected to
proceed via grand jury indictment including the addition of a third criminal charge and secured the issuance of the $50,000.00 bench warrant.

The lead investigator was Officer Jeremiah Hull, Area II Juvenile Aid Section, Hawai’i Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kate Perazich.

The charges are merely allegations, and the Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney remains dedicated to the pursuit of justice with integrity and commitment. Anyone having information to assist local law enforcement should call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

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