RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A Sparks resident was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for trading laptop computers for sex with minor girls.
Shane Deric Bateman, 41, pleaded guilty on March 3 to one count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor for sex. Bateman will also have to register as a sex offender.
According to the court records, on November 5, 2013, the Innocence Lost Task Force in Reno was involved in a sex trafficking investigation in which a 16-year-old female victim reported that she had sex with Shane Bateman in exchange for a laptop computer. The 16-year-old provided a Task Force detective with the laptop computer and her cell phone, which she said contained contact information for pimps or "johns."
On November 6, 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 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 November 7, the detective, posing as a different 16-year-old named "Kylie," engaged in text message conversations with Bateman about having sex with him in exchange for a laptop computer. Bateman agreed to meet Kylie that afternoon at a Motel 6 in Reno, Nev. in order to engage in sexual activity in exchange for the laptop computer. When Bateman arrived at the motel room, he was arrested by detectives.