RENO, NV – A Sparks man has been arrested for soliciting a minor to engage in sex with him in exchange for a laptop computer, according to Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
41-year-old Shane Deric Bateman is charged in a criminal complaint with attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. Bateman was arrested Thursday afternoon in Reno.
“We will continue to work with our local law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute persons who exploit minors for sex,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “If you are convicted of this type of crime, you will face stiff federal penalties, including imprisonment, forfeiture and fines, and you will have to register as a convicted sex offender.”
According to the complaint, on Nov. 5, 2013, a 16-year-old girl reported to a Reno Police Department detective who was working on the Street Enforcement Team that she had allegedly had sex with Shane Bateman in exchange for the computer. The 16-year-old provided the detective with the laptop computer and her cell phone, which she said contained contact information for pimps or “johns.”
On Nov. 6, 2013, Bateman sent an unsolicited text to the 16-year-old’s cell phone indicating that he had another laptop with a built-in web camera which he would be willing to trade for sex with any other young girl that the 16-year-old knew. The Reno Police Department detective began communicating with Bateman as if he were the 16-year-old, telling Bateman that “she” had another girl in mind for him and that “she” would have the other girl contact him. On Nov. 7, 2013, the detective, posing as a different 16-year-old named “Kylie,” engaged in text conversations with Bateman about having sex with him in exchange for a laptop computer. Batemen agreed to meet Kylie that afternoon at a room at a Motel 6 in Reno. When Bateman arrived at the motel room, he was arrested by detectives.
The investigation was conducted by the Innocence Lost Task Force, which is made up of the FBI and the Regional Street Enforcement Team, which includes the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, FBI, and UNR Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carla Higginbotham.