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Police: SC sex offender sent nudes to officer, not teen

4 years 2 months 5 days ago Monday, July 23 2018 Jul 23, 2018 July 23, 2018 6:17 AM July 23, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: The Herald

YORK, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a convicted sex offender thought he was sending nude pictures through Instagram to a teen girl in Arizona - who turned out to be a police officer in Arkansas.

Twenty-seven-year-old Robert Michael Shipman is charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of attempted dissemination of pornography to a minor. South Carolina Attorney General's Office spokesman Robert Kittle tells The Herald that Shipman contacted someone he thought was a 16-year-old girl through Instagram.

He sent and received nude photos, but was actually corresponding with a police officer in Conway, Arkansas. A search of Shipman's electronics then yielded child pornography. Shipman was convicted of criminal sexual conduct against minors in 2012.

It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.

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