Lauderdale County Man Charged with Computer Luring

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Lauderdale County authorities say they've caught a local man trying to lure young boys through the Internet and Facebook.

The LCSO said it was notified over a month ago by a child's family. Officials say they were able to gather enough information to get a search warrant and then charge 40-year-old Christopher Todd Shelton, of 236 Smith Spur Road, with computer luring, a relatively new charge in Mississippi. His bond was set at $25,000.

"We are asking citizens that, if they have family members that have been in contact with Shelton, please contact us as this investigation is still ongoing," said Sheriff Billy Sollie.

There were numerous items taken from Shelton's home that are being analyzed at this time.

"Based upon the investigation that led to the search warrant we believe that he has had multiple contacts with people via Internet and social networking," Sollie said. "Most of these individuals fall into a certain age group and gender."

Sollie said contact has been going on for several weeks between Shelton and an investigator posing as a young person.

The sheriff said there should be concern any time an adult is talking to a minor in this fashion.

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  • by 4 Real Location: Meridian on Sep 21, 2009 at 09:16 AM
    There is a thin line between sanity and insanity. If so many people were aware of this guy's mental instability, why didn't anyone speak up? I'm glad the child's stepmother pounced on top of this matter before something more serious occurred. This is aweful!
  • by J Location: Alabama on Sep 19, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    This young man is NOT a Catholic priest. He also has claimed to be an Episcopalian priest. He needs to be kept off the streets and away from children.
  • by Trish Location: Kemper County on Sep 19, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    Is this guy around 5ft tall?
  • by William Carroll Location: Livingston on Sep 18, 2009 at 08:48 PM
    He was called the green lantern becaus he was dressed as such. He is known by that in all of livingston. I hope they put him im jail for life if he is found guilty of such crimes.
  • by The Chosen One Location: Mississippi on Sep 18, 2009 at 08:26 PM
    He may not be a catholic priest, but he could be a prophet. There a lot of self annointed prophets running around.
  • by Dolly Location: south Meridian on Sep 18, 2009 at 02:11 PM
    Good job LCSD/MPD!!I Think he worked @ Movie Gallery @ Cloverleaf,for a short time...Very Strange Fellow. Keep em'off our Streets.
  • by CRAZY! Location: Meridian, MS on Sep 18, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    I've known this individual for many years as we came form the same community. Many of you have seen him out in public places (wal mart, mall) dressed in a safari outfit or priest robe. Last time I saw him he was wearing a long black priest robe with a huge crucifix. He is different and disturbed and truly believed he was the people he dressed as. I just want the public to know that this guy is not sane. This is not an isolated incident and everyone should be careful.
  • by Mandy Location: Meridian on Sep 18, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    OK, well I know this is a wealthy man from a wealty family. They probably have that kind of money in a coffee can stuck in a junk drawer! Crimes against children are so sickening, there ought to be a public outcry against any judge who set bond that low. This is a sick man who needs to be taken off the streets (and the internet) permanently. If it had been my kids...well, lets just say we wouldn't be having this conversation right now!
  • by no hire on Sep 18, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    i interviewed this gentlemen several months ago for a job while taking a look in his portfolio i notice a certificate for child care after examining the document closley it was for an online test in child care not a degree i said to myself this man is a child predator..he also stated he was a minister preaching at truck stops and rest areas for thirty minutes he was really strange someone you would never forget
  • by Someone who Knows Location: Meridian on Sep 18, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    LCSD did an outstanding job of getting this predator off the streets, however, the DA will release him. Check court records people. The SO and MPD work their tails off to catch these people and have a solid case agaisnt them, only to get to grand jury and the DA will let them go. I went to school with this guy and he always came across as something evil. Angela your a great mom. Praying for you and your family, don't let the DA's office let this guy go. Fight to keep him off the street
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