Archive for Monday, August 27, 2012

Wichita man gets nearly 27 years in ‘sexting’ case

August 27, 2012


— A 26-year-old Wichita man will spend nearly 27 years in prison in a federal "sexting" prosecution.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot on Monday sentenced Shane McClelland as a repeat sex offender. The judge said a long sentence was necessary to deter him from further crimes and protect the public.

McClelland was convicted earlier of enticing a 14-year-old girl from upstate New York to send nude photos to his cellphone. He was acquitted of a similar count involving another teen.

McClelland's lawyer argued 20 percent of teens are "sexting" and said the sentence amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. He said the 14-year-old was old enough to know better.

Belot said McClelland sought out young girls despite having served time on a 2004 conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.


ksjayhawk74 5 years, 9 months ago

What a very good and appropriate question. She got taken advantage of and sexually exploited.

leaningleftist 5 years, 9 months ago

Wow, no kidding, he's almost twice her age, and is a serial predator. Hopefully she was given some advice about how dangerous her activities were. He got what's coming to him as an adult, she is still a minor and her consequences are up to her parents. What an uninformed comment both ways

verity 5 years, 9 months ago

I interpret the law to mean that a 14-year-old legally doesn't know better. Whether she did or not is of no consequence. Dumb defense---he is the one who should have known better.

progressive_thinker 5 years, 9 months ago

The crime was "Producing Child Pornography."

He has two prior convictions for child sexual abuse. He was on probation for one when he caught the second. If you look at the movement record in KASPER, he was on parole from these two offenses when he committed the current child pornography offenses.

Nuff said.......

Gary Pomeroy 5 years, 9 months ago

From the Wichita paper: "In May, a federal jury found McClelland guilty of one count of obtaining a picture of the exposed genitals of a 14-year-old girl from upstate New York via Yahoo! messaging. He was acquitted of a similar count involving another teen. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart argued for enhanced penalties in the 15-30 year range due to McClelland's criminal history. He served five years in prison for a 2004 conviction for aggravated indecent liberties with a 13-year-old girl, and had been paroled from prison just seven months when he began trolling teen websites to aggressively pursue young girls."

Read more here:

I am sure he is just misunderstood.

Topple 5 years, 9 months ago

I think its the combination of previous sexual conduct in prosecution of sex offenses and any of the following:

Indecent solicitation of a child, sexual exploitation of a child, electronic solicitation.

patkindle 5 years, 9 months ago

the jerk sounds like a real pervert , and should be punished, but some murderers dont get 27 yrs, must be alot we dont know

Randall Uhrich 5 years, 9 months ago

Sentences for murder or rape are usually less. Go figure.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 9 months ago

Anders Breivik, The person in Norway who Killed 77 people with explosives and Gun fire was sentenced to 21 years in prison. Most of the victims were children. I have never understood the differences in Laws and Lawyers from one country to another. Some thing is seriously out of Balance.If 27 years for "sexting" a 14 year old is the punishment here, Breivik should have gotten 77 life sentences to be served one after the other. The article does go on to say that the judge in the case has doubts he will ever be released due to Breivik's admission that he would kill more if he could. 21 years is the Max in Norway.He may face 5-year extensions indefinitely.

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