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Internet sexual predator sentenced to 20 years

Posted: February 26, 2013 7:35 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2013 5:00 a.m.

A Gastonia, N.C., man arrested in March 2012 caught in a Internet sexual predator sting and accused of engaging in sexual relations with a 15-year-old Kershaw County girl will now spend up to the next 20 years in prison.

In a statement released to the press Tuesday, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said 38-year-old Isaac Claude Flynn pled guilty that morning to second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second degree attempted criminal sexual conduct with a minor, criminal solicitation of a minor and dissemination of obscene material to a person under 18.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies set up an Internet sting against Flynn nearly a year ago after the mother of the 15-year-old girl filed a complaint in early February 2012. According to that report, the girl’s mother said she believed her daughter engaged in sexual relations with Flynn. She said she found several explicit texts and photographs on her daughter’s cell phone and iPod Touch after returning home from a hospital stay. The woman said her stepdaughter later told her that Flynn came to their home to be with her daughter and that she believed that was when a sexual encounter took place.

The contact was thought to have taken place between December 2011 and January 2012.

After determining that the girl’s initial contact with Flynn took place through Facebook, a KCSO investigator who is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children network, or ICAC, posed as a 14-year-old girl and began “chatting” with Flynn. During that interaction, Flynn sent sexual explicit photographs to the investigator and eventually traveled from North Carolina to Kershaw County where he thought he would meet the “14-year-old girl.” Instead, KCSO deputies were waiting on Flynn at Smith Park in Lugoff and took him in to custody when he arrived.

Tuesday, a circuit court judge accepted Flynn’s plea and sentenced him on all four counts to run as a concurrent total of 20 years in prison.

Matthews said in the statement that the S.C. Attorney General’s office, S.C. State Law Enforcement Division, N.C. Bureau of Investigation and Gastonia (N.C.) Police Department all assisted with the investigation.

“It is important that we send a strong message to sexual predators who prey on children that not only will we aggressively pursue them, our judicial system will deal with them severely,” Matthews said. “Parents need to monitor their children’s internet activities and be forthcoming to law enforcement should they suspect foul play by a sexual predator posing as another child.”

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