January 31

Augusta man extradited to face Colorado sexual exploitation charge

A 14-year-old girl allegedly sent Shane Pelletier nude photos of herself at his request.

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — A city man is en route to Colorado, where he is accused of getting a 14-year-old girl to send him nude photos of herself electronically.

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Shane Pelletier

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Shane S. Pelletier, 22, waived extradition at a hearing in Augusta District Court last week and left the Kennebec County jail by Friday.

He had been held since Nov. 27, accused of being a fugitive from justice on the Colorado warrant charging him with Internet sexual exploitation of a child.

On Jan. 23, Judge Valerie Stanfill ordered Pelletier’s extradition to Fort Collins, Colo., to face a charge there of sexual exploitation of a minor via telecommunications.

Pelletier was arrested by state and city police on a warrant, and had been held in lieu of bail, which was set at $20,000 worth of real estate and carried a condition that he “stay off computers until the case is resolved.”

According to an affidavit by Maine State Police Detective Chris Tupper, Fort Collins, Colo., Police Services began an investigation of Pelletier around July 4, after apparently learning he had sent the messages seeking the images to the Colorado girl and she sent him some.

Once Colorado police charged Pelletier, they asked Maine police to arrest him.

Under the Colorado Criminal Code, the felony offense of Internet sexual exploitation of a child occurs when someone “knowingly importunes, invites, or entices through communication via a computer network or system, telephone network, or data network or by a text message or instant message, a person whom the actor knows or believes to be under fifteen years of age and at least four years younger than the actor,” to expose or observe intimate body parts.

Pelletier was represented in Maine by attorney Polly Reeves.

Betty Adams — 621-5631 badams@centralmaine.com Twitter: @betadams
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