28 year old Shane L. Schlaefer, of Troy, was sentenced this week to 15 years in federal prison for Attempted Commercial Sex Trafficking of a Child and Attempted Enticement of a Minor. He has been in custody since he was arrested on these charges on April 6, 2015.
According to court documents, between November 2014 and April 2015, Schlaefer sent numerous messages through the internet to an undercover officer in Ohio, posing as the mother of a 13 year old girl, stating he wanted to engage in sexual acts with a child. He also sent numerous text messages directly to a person he believed to be the 13 year old girl, describing the acts he wanted to perform and offering to pay her $500. On April 6, 2015, the undercover investigator told Schlaefer she would meet him with her 13 year old daughter.
Schlaefer was arrested by federal agents upon his arrival at the predetermined meeting location in Collinsville.
Following his 15 year prison sentence, Schlaefer will be on federal supervised release for an additional 15 years.