posted on June 04, 2012 15:51
A Kansas man is convicted of persuading two Batavia teens into sending him sexually explicit pictures.
26-year old Shane McClelland of Witchita was found guilty of enticing the minors into send him the sexually explicit photos.
Batavia Police Detectives Todd Crossett and Jay Andrews helped during the investigation.
The investigation began roughly two years ago after the parents complained that the girls under the age of 16 were text messaging and chatting on the internet with the Kansas man, who was already a registered sex offender.
Detective Crossett said his advice to parents is to always know who your children are talking to.
“Most of the time it just starts on an innocent website. A lot of predators know that kids are using those sites and they know what games kids like and so they will go on there posing to be somebody else and they will lie about there age, because most of the time you can’t prove who they are. It starts out innocent and gets more in depth as it goes along and then the kids get in over their head,” said Crossett.
Crossett said predators aren’t concerned about distance they will travel and use pressure on young people to get what they want.
McClelland faces a minimum sentence of 25 years to a maximum sentence of life in prison.