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Man admits to sexually assaulting teen

November 25, 2018

HUNTINGTON - A Barboursville man has admitted to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl after the pair met on a dating website in 2016.

Shannon Christian, 33, of Barboursville, pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual assault. Cabell Circuit Judge Gregory Howard sentenced him to serve a one- to five-year prison sentence. He must also serve 25 years of special supervised release for sex offenders once he is released from prison.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl’s mother contacted the West Virginia State Police on Dec. 30, 2016, and indicated she had recently discovered her daughter was possibly pregnant after having sex with a man she had met online.

The girl told police she created an account on a dating website, PlentyOfFish.com, without her mother’s permission. She began communicating with Christian and within a few days she allegedly sneaked out of her home in the middle of the night to meet him at a business a short distance away from her home. Intercourse followed shortly after, according to the criminal complaint.

She told police the intercourse had continued even after she revealed to him her age.

When questioned, the suspect confessed to courting the girl, meeting her near her home in Hurricane, West Virginia, and having intercourse multiple times near her home and at his residence in Barboursville, according to the criminal complaint.

The following unrelated sentences were recently handed down in Cabell Circuit Court in Huntington:

Daniel Beckelhimer, 49, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to escape and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Howard sentenced him to serve a three- to 15-year prison sentence.Shane Blake, 28, of Lavalette, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to third-offense driving under the influence. Howard sentenced him to serve a two- to five-year prison sentence on home confinement.Jennifer Blevins, 32, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of an access device and receiving and transferring stolen property. Howard sentenced her to a 10-year prison sentence.David Boley, 34, of Huntington, entered a Kennedy plea to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Howard sentenced him to serve a one- to 15-year prison sentence on home confinement. A Kennedy plea allows a conviction without the defendant admitting guilt or explaining his role in a crime.Rodney Chatterton, 53, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to petit larceny. Howard sentenced him to time served.Jacob Collins, 27, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to entry of a building other than a dwelling and grand larceny. Howard sentenced him to serve a two- to 20-year prison sentence on home confinement.Davis Colts, 30, of Detroit, Michigan, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Howard sentenced him to a one- to 15-year prison sentence.Nicholas Davis, 21, of Hurricane, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Howard sentenced him to serve four to five years in prison.Tina Dixon, 45, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to attempt to commit a felony. Howard sentenced her to serve one to three years in prison.Bree Eberbaugh, 27, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance. Howard sentenced her to serve three years’ probation after a one- to 15-year prison sentence was suspended.Antonio George, 27, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to strangulation, person prohibited from possession of a firearm and driving on a suspended or revoked license. Howard sentenced him to a five-year prison sentence.Michelle Hutchinson, 33, of Huntington, pleaded guilty to attempt to commit a felony. Howard sentenced her to serve one to three years in prison.

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