Man Pleads Guilty To Multiple Counts Of First Degree Sexual Offense Against Child

Man Pleads Guilty To Multiple Counts Of First Degree Sexual Offense Against Child Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 13 May 2015 04:00

NEW HANOVER CTY - Timothy Grant Shaw II, 18, admitted his guilt in sexual offenses against two young boys Tuesday morning May 12th in New Hanover County Superior Court.
According to District Attorney Ben David, Shaw entered pleas of guilty to nine counts of First Degree Sexual Offense Against a Child, one count of Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (receiving/soliciting child pornography), one count of Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (possession of child pornography), and one count of Disseminating Obscenity.
The offenses took place at Carolina Beach State Park during a Boy Scout camping trip. Shaw was the boys’ troop leader and was 17 years old at the time of the offenses.
Detective W.L. Campbell with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to these offenses when the father of one of the victims located the defendant’s cellular telephone containing explicit photographs and messages from the defendant in the personal property of his son. During the investigation, it was determined that the defendant engaged in sexual activity with both 12 year old boys over the course of two nights, March 21 through March 23, 2014.
When Shaw was interviewed by Det. Campbell at the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division, the defendant stated, “I know why I’m here, I molested two little boys.” Det. Campbell discovered that Shaw had previously been banned from Xbox Live for sending a picture of his genitals to a group of boys playing Call of Duty. The defendant also admitted to collecting a large cache of child pornography involving male children under the age of 18; this collection was seized during the execution of a search warrant on Shaw’s personal computer.
Connie Jordan, the Assistant District Attorney assigned to prosecute the case, told the Court, “The defendant had an obligation to ensure the protection and safety of these children, and instead he violated this trust in a way that has far-reaching ramifications for the children. In my experience, these crimes can negatively impact child victims for the rest of their lives and very often set them on a path of self-destruction, instead of a path of growth, responsibility and community action that the Boy Scouts attempt to instill.”
Judge Phyllis M. Gorham sentenced the defendant to a minimum of 18 years and a maximum of 26 years, 8 months in prison. Following his release from the Department of Adult Corrections, the defendant will be on post-release supervision for a period of five years and will also be required to register as a sexual offender.
The public can sign up for email alerts regarding sex offenders living in their community by visiting http://sexoffender.ncdoj.gov
That website is maintained by the North Carolina Department of Justice. You can download apps for your cell phone to monitor the locations of registered sex offenders living within five miles of your home or any other location you select.
Currently the system lists 6 offenders living on Pleasure Island.

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