EAST ST. LOUIS — A 35-year-old Kell man has was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 25 years in prison after he earlier pleaded guilty to a three-count superseding indictment charging him for inducing a 10-year-old boy to engage in sex acts over webcam and possession of child pornography depicting young minors.
Shawn Lyberger was sentenced to 300 months in prison for possession of prepubescent child pornography, enticement of a minor, and penalties for being a registered sex offender.
Lyberger had a prior federal conviction for possession of child pornography in the Eastern District of Missouri dating back to 2003.
Per the plea agreement, Lyberger admitted that in December 2015 he began chatting online with a boy he knew at the time was only 10 years old and that Lyberger ultimately convinced the 10-year-old to perform sex acts on a webcam.
When the boy attempted to end the sexual aspect of their chats, Lyberger threatened make him a ‘cyber boy’ by posting the boy’s explicit videos online for others to see. The boy then told his mother, who notified police.
On July 6th, 2016, a federal search warrant was executed at the home Lybarger shared with his mother and a laptop computer and a USB storage device belonging to Lyberger were seized and found to contain numerous child pornography images and child pornography videos.
At that time, Lyberger admitted chatting online about child pornography and soliciting underage males to perform sex acts online.
Because he was a registered sex offender at the time of the offenses, federal law mandated a 10-year term of imprisonment to run consecutive to any sentence Lyberger received for his enticement conviction.
His prior conviction from 2003 also meant that Lyberger faced a ten-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for possession of child pornography. In addition to his 300-month prison term, Lyberger was also sentenced to a lifetime term of supervised release.
Lyberger’s sentencing hearing was the culmination of an investigation conducted by Interpol, officials from the United Kingdom, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, the Woodland, California Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security.