Honjo has porn delivered to jail cell

LIHU’E — Randall Honjo, who is serving time after being convicted of sexually assaulting two of his daughters, apparently attempted to have computer discs containing child pornography delivered to him at Kauai Community Correctional Center in Wailua, the warden there said.

Last week, Neal Wagatsuma, KCCC warden, testified in court that the delivery for Honjo was opened by state officials at KCCC, because “we have to know what’s coming in.”

The discovery of child pornography on the discs led to the issuance of a warrant to search Honjo’s Puhi apartment, where computers were found containing more images of child pornography, from which charges of possession of child pornography were derived.

Mark Zenger, Honjo’s attorney, failed last week at making a motion to have the child-pornography discs inadmissible as evidence, as Judge Kathleen Watanabe ruled against that motion.

Zenger argued, unsuccessfully, that his client still has constitutional rights to privacy despite the fact that he is incarcerated.

“Your constitutional rights don’t get checked at the prison door,” Zenger said, arguing that Honjo should have a reasonable expectation of privacy while in prison.

Honjo, indicted in 2003 and 2004 on 72 counts of child pornography while incarcerated at the Kauai Community Correctional Center, said the discs could have contained confidential information either pertaining to his job as a health-insurance salesman, or in his former capacity as a harbormaster for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Honjo said he did not want anybody to see the computer files. “I wanted to protect them from being seen,” said Honjo.

Honjo is scheduled to go to trial in early December.

Honjo was found guilty in 2002 of sexually assaulting two daughters. He was sentenced to spend five years behind bars.

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