A 24-year-old South Boston man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty of child sex crimes.
Shamon Jerrells pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of carnal knowledge, one count of distribution of child sexual abuse material and one count of production of child sexual abuse material, according to a news release from Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Q. Martin.
The charges came about after the Mecklenburg County Child Protective Services was contacted regarding the possible sexual abuse of a minor.
An investigation showed the defendant had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl, according to Martin. In addition, he had recorded them engaging in sexual activities on video and sent those videos by text to the 14-year-old.
Martin said law enforcement agencies and the victim and her family supported the plea agreement and five-year prison sentence.
“The commonwealth considered the wishes of the victim, and the fact that she had moved out-of-state, as well as the defendant’s youth and lack of criminal history before entering the agreement,” Martin said.
Jerrells also must register with the Virginia State Police as a sex offender. He will have five years of probation upon release, and is required to be of general good behavior for the next 30 years, Martin said.