NEW INFO: Reelsboro Man Charged With Sexting 12-Year-Old

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Neighbors of a man arrested Friday tell WITN they aren't surprised to hear that he allegedly texted inappropriate pictures to a 12-year-old girl.

The arrest warrant for 27-year old Shawn Messina of Reelsboro says it all. The Pamlico County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged him Friday with indecent liberties with a child, and disseminating obscenity to a minor under the age of 13.

"It's disgusting number one," says Jeanna Ervin, a neighbor. "I have a daughter and I can't even imagine something like that happening."

Ervin lives on Longleaf Drive in Reelsboro, across the street from Messina. Deputies say he "sexted" pictures of his private area to a 12-year old girl.

Messina is being held in jail under a $50,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in court on Friday in Bayboro.

Messina has some prior offenses in Pamlico County, including robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, and simple assault.

The sheriff's office says us the 12-year-old victim is a student in the Craven County school system. It's not known how Messina got her phone number.
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Deputies have arrested a man after they say he sent obscene pictures to a young girl with his cell phone.

Pamlico County deputies have charged Shawn Messina of Reelsboro with indecent liberties with a child and disseminating obscenities to a minor under the age of 13.

The 27-year-old was arrested Friday and is being held on a $50,000 secured bond.

Sheriff Billy Sawyer says the victim was 12 years old, and Messina is accused of texting pictures of himself, or sexting, to the child.

He has a Friday court appearance in Bayboro.


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