Police say the suspect solicited sex with a fictional nine-year-old boy after communicating with an undercover police officer in an Internet chat room.
Police with the Delaware Child Predator Task Force have charged a Millsboro man with sexual solicitation and attempted rape of a child after a lengthy investigation in which undercover officers lured the suspect from an Internet chat room to a fake meeting for sex with a child.
Shane E. Kiser, 28, was arrested in Dover Oct. 16, when he allegedly drove to Dover Downs Hotel & Casino to meet with a man he thought had organized a sexual rendezvous with a nine-year-old boy.
Kiser is being held in lieu of a $500,000 cash bail. If convicted, he faces at least 15 years in prison.
On Oct. 17, police arrested a 41-year-old Maryland man in a similar sting at Christiana Mall. Since the man in that incident traveled across state lines, federal prosecutors will be handling the case.
At a press conference announcing the arrests Oct. 20, Attorney General Beau Biden said Kiser was a registered nurse who worked at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, the same hospital with which accused pedophile pediatrician Earl Bradley was affiliated.
Beebe officials confirmed that Kiser worked for the hospital part time and was fired the day of the arrest. A Beebe spokesman said Kiser worked as-needed in various departments and officials are researching what contact, if any, Kiser had with children during his employment.
Biden also said Kiser worked at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. That hospital provided no comment on Kiser’s employment, only to say he is not currently “providing patient care services” at the institution.
According to an affidavit, an undercover officer with the task force made contact with Kiser in July of last year, in a public chat room called “Littleboysexchannel.”
The undercover officer posed as a divorced father with a son, then seven years old, who he had custody of on weekends. The affidavit alleges that Kiser revealed a sexual fetish for babies and toddlers, and that he asked the undercover officer if he could have sex with the fictional son.
The affidavit states that on Oct. 15 the undercover officer and Kiser agreed to meet at the hotel. In that same conversation, Kiser allegedly said he would bring Hot Wheels toy cars for the boy as well as a pacifier for the boy to use while Kiser assaulted him.
When he was arrested, police said Kiser was carrying two toy cars and a pacifier in his pockets, a fact the Attorney General’s Office said speaks to Kiser’s intent to sexually assault the fictional boy that day.
After he was arrested and read his Miranda rights, Kiser said he used “bad judgment” and admitted to possessing child pornography, according to the affidavit.
The task force executed a search warrant at Kiser’s home and seized computer equipment, which currently is being analyzed by police forensics experts.
Biden said his office will seek to indict Kiser sometime next month. At that time, additional charges could be brought related to items confiscated during the search.
Task force officials said in recent years they’ve successfully prosecuted several cases based on evidence from an undercover Internet sting operation.
Biden said the Kiser case and it’s TV-like chat room investigation is nothing new for Delaware’s criminal justice system.
“We have a great deal of confidence that this kind of undercover investigation has and will be upheld,” he said. “We’ve had successful disposition of these cases.”
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