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Chambersburg man convicted of unlawful contact with minor

May 09, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A St. Thomas, Pa., man convicted of unlawful contact with a minor for using a computer chat room to contact a person whom he thought was a 13-year-old girl was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to between 11 and 23 months in jail.

Franklin Shane Barrick, 37, of 135 Cottonwood Ave. in St. Thomas, also was sentenced to 21 years on probation and must register with authorities for 10 years under the provisions of Pennsylvania's Megan's Law, according to the court order signed by Judge John Walker. The judge also wrote on the order that probation officers can check Barrick's computer in the future for child pornography or evidence of solicitation of children.

Between June 11 and Aug. 20, 2007, Barrick initiated contact in a chat room with a special agent of the Child Predator Unit of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office who was pretending to be a 13-year-old girl, the affidavit of probable cause stated.

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There were five contacts on separate dates listed in the affidavit, and police said Barrick also transmitted Web cam images of himself to the agent. Though Barrick used several aliases on the Internet, police were able to trace his identity by obtaining a court order to search subscriber information, police said.

Barrick pleaded guilty to the charges Feb. 18, according to court records.

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