Finer trial postponed until October

Martin Finer, the Wailua man accused of using his home computer to advertise, distribute and store digital files of child pornography, has had his trial postponed until Oct. 29.

Finer, 58, was originally set for a jury trial on Aug. 27. He remains in custody at the federal detention center in Honolulu, as bail was denied in early July. He is represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Michael Weight. The State is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Tong.

Finer was indicted June 27 on three federal counts: creating an advertisement that solicited child pornography; distributing related content; and possession of child pornography.

An undercover investigation involving the U.S. Customs Service, the Kaua’i Police Department, the FBI and the state attorney general’s office uncovered about 58,900 still digital photographs and about 3,000 digital movie files on Finer’s home computer.

If convicted of the advertisement charge, Finer would face 10 to 20 years imprisonment. He also faces up to 15 years for distributing child pornography, and up to five years for possessing child pornography, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 for each of the charges.


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