November 29, 2017-Federal Agents arrested a man who they say offered to send sexually explicit images of his own children, ages 3 and 4, in exchange for images of other children. In a sworn affidavit accompanying a Criminal Complaint, an FBI Agent associated with the case details how Shawn Michael Dewitt responded to an ad from a “young open dad.” Dewitt responded that he was an “open father of 2” according to the affidavit. The Agent states that Dewitt preferred children “older than toddlers” and that he stated he had previously sexually abused a 9 year old girl and had let his daughter “stroke [him]” the sworn statement says.
FBI Agents say Dewitt then sent a video and various photographs of children masturbating. Dewitt also sent clothed pictures of his own children according to the statement. “13. The Target appeared to be seeking to trade child pornographic images of his daughter for similar photographs of a girl he believed to be the undercover employee’s daughter (but was not in fact a real child).”
Dewitt was charged in a two count criminal complaint with attempted sexual exploitation of children and distribution of child pornography on today’s date. He was taken into custody and a probable cause hearing was held at which Dewitt requested Court appointed counsel. Detention was ordered pending a hearing which is scheduled for December 4, 2017.
All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. A criminal charge is not evidence of guilt.
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