Sex Offender Sentenced for Crime Against Minor in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

On Nov. 3, 2011, U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright sentenced Jeffrey Donald Drye (25) to 21 months in prison, one year supervised release, and a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender with the state of Hawai‘i.

Jeffrey Donald Drye

Jeffrey Donald Drye

The felony conviction stemmed from the sexual assault of a minor that occurred on Jan. 30, 2010 within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Drye, along with two other male adults and a female minor, hiked into the park’s Kahuku unit at night.  The group made a campfire, during which time the two male adults returned to their vehicle approximately one mile away to retrieve food, leaving Drye alone with the female minor when the sexual assault occurred.  Drye is ordered to self-surrender on Nov. 7, 2011 to the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu to begin his sentence.

Drye was indicted on Nov. 17, 2010 in federal court for Abusive Sexual Contact and Sexual Assault First Degree. On June 20, 2011 after a four-day trial, a jury found him guilty of Abusive Sexual Contact and not guilty on the remaining count.  The maximum penalties for Abusive Sexual Contact are a two-year term of imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and term of supervised release of up to one year.

The investigation was led by the Investigative Services Branch, Park Rangers from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with assistance from the Hawai‘i County Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawai‘i.

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