Shark expert sentenced to two months for downloading child porn


A man who admitted to possessing child pornography was sentenced Thursday to two months in prison.

Shark expert Randy Honebrink also received five years of supervised release, a year of home detention during non-working hours and must pay a $5,000 fine.

“My voyeuristic behavior was wrong and inexcusable,” he said in court. “I never wanted to break the law.”

The judge said, after reviewing the case, Honebrink was not likely to make the same offense. Honebrink had also been undergoing counseling.

Earlier this year, Honebrink admitted to downloading sexually explicit photographs of two boys, ages 12 and 14, from an adult website. He says the site claimed the images were legal.

He was an educational coordinator for the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ aquatic division. The department will not confirm whether or not he remains an employee.

“The judge has ruled in this case. (Honebrink’s) employment status with the department will continue to be considered a personnel matter; thus, it would be inappropriate to comment further,” William Aila, Jr., DLNR chair, said in a statement.

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