Timothy Matthew Shelnut

Timothy Matthew Shelnut

VALDESE -- A former Burke County Public Schools janitor who was on probation for previous child sex crimes has been indicted on two new charges.

Timothy Matthew Shelnut, 47, 2341 Hill Drive 36D in Valdese, was indicted on charges of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and failure to disclose online identifiers, according to court documents filed in Burke County.

The indictments accuse Shelnut of duplicating photographs with a child 1 year old or younger “engaged in sexual activity.”

Shelnut also was accused of failing to inform authorities of a new account or changes to accounts with online sex pages, court documents said.

Court documents also showed that the new charges earned Shelnut a probation violation.

Shelnut was a janitor on second shift at East Burke Middle School until he was fired on Jan. 31, 2017, when he was charged with solicitation of a child by computer and indecent liberties with a child, according to a previous News Herald article.

Those charges came after Burke County Sheriff’s Office detectives learned Shelnut was having inappropriate conversations with a minor on social media, the article said.

Detectives then launched an undercover operation where they arranged to meet Shelnut, with Shelnut believing he was going to meet a child to perform sex acts, the article said. When Shelnut arrived, he was taken into custody.

Shelnut pleaded guilty to solicitation of a child by computer and attempted indecent liberties with a minor, according to a court document.

Shelnut was given a suspended sentence of 16-29 months for the conviction. He had to serve a 90-day active sentence, but was given credit for 93 days served pre-trial. He was sentenced to 60 months supervised probation and 72 hours of community service.

However, the probation violation could lead to his probation getting revoked, an official with the clerk of court’s office said. If revoked, his active sentence for the previous conviction would fall back to the suspended sentence.

Shelnut’s next court date is set for June 10, according to the North Carolina Judicial Branch website.

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