Less than 24 hours after a request for public assistance, Honolulu police arrested Andrew Patyjewicz at Ala Moana Beach Park Saturday morning.
Patyjewicz was arrested on a grand jury bench warrant issued upon his indictment for criminal charges related to the possession and distribution of child pornography. The investigation was handled by the Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children unit in the Attorney General’s office.
Attorney General Doug Chin said “Shortly after asking for the public’s assistance in apprehending Patyjewicz the calls started pouring in to our department. I want to thank the public for their assistance, which was critical in making this arrest.”
Patyjewicz is accused of disseminating images of children being sexually exploited. He is also accused of possessing images and videos of children being sexually exploited with 57 videos containing children being sexually abused, and 12 of those videos depicting children under the age of 12.
An Oahu grand jury indicted Patyjewicz for two counts of Promoting Child Abuse in the Second Degree, a class B felony. Each count is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Patyjewicz is presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.