On Friday, March 19, 2010, Shawn Jackson, of Christian County, Missouri pled guilty to the child enticement charges and was sentenced to five years in prison for his actions. According to Stone County Prosecutor, Matt Selby this is not a typical five year sentence. “In most cases where a person is sent to prison, he or she will just actually serve a small percentage of their time before becoming eligible for parole,” says the prosecutor, “However, under the child enticement statute a person convicted of the crime must serve five calendar years before being eligible for any type of release. Given the nature of Mr. Jackson’s crime and the manner in which he talked to what he believed to be a 13 year old child, the sentence is appropriate.”
On August 5, 2008, the Stone County Detective investigating internet crimes against children went to work at the Stone County Sheriff’s Office, started up her computer, went to an adult chat room site, and logged on.
Then she waited. Soon she was contacted by a person with the screen name of “mike_beneing” who stated that he was a 26 year old white male from Missouri. The officer responded indicating that she was a thirteen year old female from Missouri. At the direction of the suspect the conversation almost immediately became sexual in nature with the suspect repeatedly requesting that the officer, whom he believed to be a thirteen year old at home by herself, to do sexual things with him.
He also talked about setting up a meeting in which he could meet with the officer to do sexual things.
Throughout the month of August, 2008, the suspect, Shawn Jackson, contacted the officer through the chat room several times. Each time Shawn Jackson became extremely sexual in his chats repeatedly asking the officer to perform sexual acts and talking about meeting in person for the purpose of doing sexual things. Each time the officer introduced herself as a thirteen year old girl.
~Prosecutor Matt Selby~
As the investigation continued the detective was able to identify the location of the computer and identity of the person she was chatting with through internet records, Department of Revenue records, and from pictures off of his web cam. On July 7, 2009, the information was turned over to the Stone County Prosecutor’s Office. Stone County Prosecutor, Matt Selby, filed child enticement and sexual misconduct charges against the suspect, who was 33 year old Shawn Jackson, of Christian County, Missouri.
Jackson was arrested a few days later by Stone County officers.
The Shawn Jackson case is one of more than twenty-five cases that have been or are being prosecuted since the Stone County Sheriff’s Office began its internet crimes against children investigations in 2008. Jackson is the second offender sentenced to a prison term this month.