Indiana gospel singer convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor, distribution of child porn

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UPDATE:

In Sept. 2017, Shawn Shannon was sentenced to 720 months in jail. Two counts against him were dismissed upon a motion from the government.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A 44-year-old traveling gospel singer was found guilty by a jury of 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Shawn Shannon, of Muncie, Indiana, was arrested on April 15, 2015, and convicted yesterday following a three-day trial.

Shannon lured a 13-year-old boy to a hotel in Decatur, Illinois, and took several sexually explicit photos of the juvenile. Shannon also engaged in sexual contact with another minor boy and took similar photographs.

Shannon is a member of The Shannons, a family gospel group based out of Muncie. According to the family’s website, Shawn started a booking and promotion agency, S&B Promotions, in 2011.

Shannon will be sentenced on Jan. 9, 2017.

The Shannons website

Screenshot of The Shannons website