(KMOV) – A St. Charles man was sentenced to probation on Wednesday for sending sexually graphic photos of himself to a Columbia, Mo. girl he met on Facebook.
Shawn Sharney, 23, pleaded guilty in Boone County Circuit Court to one count of furnishing pornographic material to a minor. Sharney was sentenced to two years supervised probation after a one-year jail sentence was suspended.
Police say they began investigating Sharney in Sept. after a man found pornographic images of him on his computer. The computer had previously been used by the then 16-year-old Columbia girl.
The investigation revealed Sharney had met the girl on Facbook and chatted with her over a three-year span. Police say during one of their conversations, Sharney sent a sexually-explicit image of himself to her when she was 15 or 16.
Sharney was charged and arrested in late January, months after police seized his computer from his house in St. Charles.