Sex Offender Charged with Kidnapping Attempt

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

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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  • by Joe Location: Meridian on Feb 10, 2011 at 03:54 PM
    Election time needs to be 'judgement day' if this '_____' Mitchell if he continues to coddle 'perverts' like this COMPLETELY screwed up Shelton 'FREAK'!!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2010 at 02:15 PM
    I remember seeing this guy walking around the mall YEARS ago dressed as a priest and just getting a bad vibe from him then. Something just told me he was not associated with the Catholic church. What a creeper.
  • by Annoyed on Sep 4, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    This case had nothing to do with a weak case. Most of them have nothing to do with weak cases. This is a way to pass the buck so to speak. Let's blame the law enforcement instead of taking responsibilities for their actions. It comes down to this Bilbo and his co-workers would rather throw plea bargains at them instead of taking a chance in trial. This would take away from the social parties and tee times.
  • by I agree Location: Meridian on Sep 4, 2010 at 08:40 AM
    I agree, the LCSD is not doing a good job. Why are they always in the city and not in the county?
  • by JWalker Location: South on Sep 2, 2010 at 04:21 PM
    To Meridian, The SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT are the ones who arrested this guy here. The SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT is the reason he was arrested on the first charge so I have to give props to Sollie and his group for continuing to TRY and put this guy away!! The DA's office and WEAK CIRCUIT JUDGES are to blame with not keeping them off the streets. It is my opinion that we need to elect some people who will at least ATTEMPT to give offenders a little more than probation. What does it take to get jail time? Come on Bilbo..Come on Circuit Judges!!!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2010 at 03:29 PM
    It seems there are a lot of people trying to blame the DA with this. If the DA gets a solid case from the cops, he won't make a mediocre plea of the deal. If he gets a weak case, sometimes a plea is the best that can be hoped for. Is this always the cops fault? Not always, but sometimes it is. The DA is not one for letting perverts go. He is wise enough to be able to tell when a case is weak enough that an acquittal is probable. By the way, people in this country are innocent until proven guilty. Put yourself in those shoes and see if you would want a trial or a lynch mob.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2010 at 03:22 PM
    All law enforcement agencies have a free service at their disposal known as "A Child is Missing." Lauderdale County once subscribed to this, and may still. Primarily this is used to make multiple phone calls to an area when a child is missing, not unlike Reverse 911. One free service offered by this company is a phone notification of all neighbors of registered sex offenders. This should be used regularly. It will notify residents when a registered sex offender moves into their area. A local sheriff previously refused to implement this free service. Maybe he has or will change his mind and use it now. This is serious stuff. It must be taken seriously. Go to www.achildismissing.org for more information.
  • by mad mom Location: mdn on Sep 2, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    no i dont symphahize with his mother at all, if she would of beat the stew out of him growing up like we were then he would be out working making a living like we do now. thats what is wrong with kids these days no home training at all send these kids to school for the teachers to tend to all day, and send them back home where the parents are setting on p.c and blackberrys and social sites not paying one bit to these poor kids that are starving for some parent time. its not the LCSD or bilbo or the judges faults is the parents of these messed up children take B/C if your not going to raise your kids right. the court systems is overwhelmed with (no home training bunch of people)
  • by Robin Location: meridian on Sep 2, 2010 at 02:37 PM
    as far as the LCSD those men & women do there jobs, its the judges, county attorney, D.A that is working against us, its all politics. this came straight out of an investorgators mouth, ITS all POLITICS, they dont give a same about us, its just to keep money coming in to Lauderdale county court systems. i have said this once about under age driniking and DUI's in this county our Sheriffs dept. arrest these fools and then on court day the judges slaps them on the hand and says see ya next time dont forget to pay the lady upfront. fees. and that is it. its all politics in this town. rich against the middle class/ middle class against the poor. but i am here to tell you i wish i would of been at walmart that day me and that childs mother would of took chris shelton out of that truck beat the sex offender out of him,
  • by Meridian Location: Meridian on Sep 2, 2010 at 01:54 PM
    Everyone remember this when it comes time to elect a new Sheriff. I do not believe LCSD is doing a good job.
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