41-year-old Christopher Shelton is back in the news again. He was arrested in September 2009 for talking to a local boy on the Internet, but Wednesday the charges are even more serious.
"It is alleged that he attempted to abduct a 14-year-old male in the parking lot at the Wal-Mart near Bonita," said Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun.
The teenager in question is related to the victim from Shelton's 2009 computer luring case. While shopping with his mother, the teenager apparently saw Shelton while shopping and the confrontation continued outside the store.
"The 14-year-old was returning a shopping cart when allegedly Mr. Shelton pulled up in a vehicle, tried to get the child in the vehicle," said Calhoun. "The mother intervened. Mr Shelton left the scene."
Shelton pleaded guilty to the computer luring charge and received a three year suspended sentence and five years of probation. He was also required to seek mental treatment. As to why he didn't receive jail time, District Attorney Bilbo Mitchell says it wasn't a straightforward sex crime case.
"During those discussions, there was an exchange of pictures that were not what you normally think of sexually-oriented pictures," said Mitchell. "They were pictures of feet and the bottom portion of legs, about a couple of inches down."
Because the evidence was these types of photos, Mitchell said he was concerned Shelton wouldn't be found guilty by a jury.
"We felt these were sexually-oriented pictures. It was our goal to find a sex crime it would fit, one that would allow him to register as a sex offender," said Mitchell. "The only one we could find was computer luring."
But now, Shelton faces a list of other crimes, including failing to inform authorities that he had registered for classes at a local school. This time, authorities say they are hopeful Shelton will see jail time.
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