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Child exploitation offense leads to prison term for Oroville man

An Oroville man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in a child exploitation case.

In addition to time in prison, Jan Alan Shafer, 65, will be subject to a lifetime of supervised release for attempted travel with intent to engage in sex with a minor, according to a U.S. attorney’s office news release. He was sentenced in federal court in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez.

According to court documents, for more than two years, Shafer engaged in conversations of a sexual nature via email and an internet instant messenger service with an adult who was posing as a 10-year-old boy from Alabama. During their email exchanges, Shafer received images of child pornography. Shafer also expressed his intent to visit or move to Alabama to meet the boy and to engage in sexual conduct.

On Oct. 30, 2014, law enforcement agents arrested Shafer at the Greyhound bus station in Oroville where he was about to board a bus to Alabama.

Shafer pleaded guilty to the charge in March.

The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy