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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