Hawaii shark expert sentenced to 2-months incarceration for possession of child pornography

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HONOLULU — A prominent Hawaii shark expert is being sentenced two months of incarceration for possessing child pornography.

Randy Honebrink apologized at his sentencing Thursday in federal court. Honebrink is an educational coordinator for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources who was often interviewed by the media when there's a shark attack.

U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi notes Honebrink is voluntarily receiving counseling. The sentence also includes five years of supervised release and a $5,000 fine.

Defense attorney William Harrison says the two photographs involved are of two people younger than 18 in sexually explicit poses. Harrison says Honebrink is still employed by DLNR.

Department Director William Aila said in a statement Honebrink's employment is a personnel matter. He says it would be inappropriate to comment further as a result.

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