Finer trial postponed

A Wailua Homesteads man indicted this June on three felony charges related to distribution of Internet child pornography has had his trial again postponed, this time until January.

Federal charges against Martin Finer, 58, include storing pornographic electronic files on his home computer; and advertising and distributing those files.

Finer’s trial has been postponed to allow more time for the defense to negotiate a deal for charges from the southern district of New York as well as charges in Hawai’i, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Tong.

In July, Finer was denied bail on grounds that he is a danger to the community, and remains in custody at the O’ahu Federal Detention Center.

As a result of an undercover investigation using law enforcement personnel from the U.S. Bureau of Customs, the Kaua’i Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the state attorney general’s office, a search warrant was executed on Finer’s home in May.

Investigators found about 58,900 still digital photo files and about 3,000 digital movie files stored on the hard drive of Finer’s home computer, Tong said. All the computer files will be permanently deleted; if Finer is found not guilty, the computer would be returned to him.

A New York undercover investigation stated that an officer used an Internet advertisement to access Finer’s alleged pornography distribution. Finer is accused of conducting these activities from his Wailua Homesteads residence this April and May.

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