WATERLOO – A federal appeals court has upheld additional jail time for an Appanoose County man who was convicted of traveling to Waterloo to meet a teen for sex in 2006.
Carl Deon Shinn, 56, had finished serving his five-year federal prison sentence in the Waterloo enticement case. But afterwards while on supervised release, probation officials found a cell phone he hadn’t declared as part of his sex offender registration.
The secret cell phone showed had an undeclared Facebook account, which had been used in an attempt to contact a teenage girl in the fall of 2016, court records state. A review of the messages showed the girl had responded that she didn’t know Shinn and then ignored him.
In February 2017, a federal judge revoked Shinn’s supervised release, imposing an additional 15 months of incarceration to be followed by four years of supervised release. Shinn appealed the punishment, and on Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit affirmed the revocation and additional sentence.
In the underlying case, Shinn was accused of contacting someone he believed was a 14-year-old Waterloo girl in a Yahoo romance chat room and then arranging to meet her at a Waterloo motel in May 2006. The girl was actually a Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputy, and Shinn was found with condoms and a video camera when he arrived, according to authorities.