Murphy, NC—The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reports the December 10, 2021 arrest of Shawn Michael Robinson, a 34 year old male of Murphy North Carolina for Child Sex Charges and Secretly Videoing a Child.
In August 2018, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into an allegation in which Shawn Robinson had secretly placed a cell phone and videoed a minor female in the bathroom of the residence they occupied in the Peachtree Community of Cherokee County North Carolina. Because Robinson was residing in the residence as the victim the Cherokee County Department of Social Services as well as HAVEN Child Advocacy Center were called upon to assist in the investigation.
During the investigation numerous search warrants were obtained to seize and examine computers, cellular phones and various social media accounts belonging to Robinson. During the examination of the computers the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab was requested. Due to a backlog of cases from other agencies in the state the examination took approximately a year to retrieve the evidence from the electronics.
In January of 2021 the case was submitted to the Cherokee County Grand Jury which issued indictments for two counts of Indecent Liberties with a child and two counts of Secret Peeping. At the time the warrants were issued Robinson had moved from his Cherokee County Residence.
On December 10, 2021 Graham County DSS who is now assisting in the investigation of the case made contact with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and provided an address in Clay County North Carolina where Robinson was believed to be living. With the assistance of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Robinson was arrested at a Mission Dam Road residence without incident. It was later found out that Robinson had moved back into the residence where the victim was living.
Robinson was arrested and taken to the Cherokee County Detention center and placed under a $80,000.00 secure bond. Robinson is presently out on bond and expected to be in Cherokee County Superior Court on 02/21/2022
Chief Deputy Joe Wood stated “Great team work by Cherokee and Graham County DSS Departments, HAVEN Child Advocacy Center, and both the Clay and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office as well as the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Lab. Again by getting these players together we are able to provide a safer community.”
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