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MONDAY - March 21, 2011



RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today SHAWN MICHAEL DIXON, 21, pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever III, to attempting to entice a child to engage in illegal sexual conduct, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b).

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 23, 2010.

In December, 2009, DIXON, met a 12-year-old in a chat room online. The relationship progressed with sexually explicit conversations and acts via live online video. In April, 2010, a meeting was arranged with the intent of having sex. A family member discovered the planned meeting and notified authorities.

This case was part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level. For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to

At sentencing set for the July 5, 2011, term of Court, DIXON faces up to a life-term of imprisonment.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Naval Criminal Investigative Services and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented the government.

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