Valdese man accused of soliciting minor via social media

Timothy Shelnut - Picture courtesy of the Burke County Sheriff's Office
Timothy Shelnut – Picture courtesy of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office


On January 31, 2017, the Burke County Sheriff`s Office Criminal Investigation Division conducted an undercover operation when it was learned that Timothy Matthew Shelnut was engaged in inappropriate conversation with a minor through social media. Shelnut traveled to a predetermined location for what he thought was to meet with a minor to perform sex acts. However, when he arrived he was taken into custody without incident by investigators and was confined at the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $5,000.00 secured bond.

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