ONEONTA, AL (WBRC) - New information on a former Oneonta police officer facing new child sex charges after the department fired him back in August after being arrested for DUI.
Shane Osborn was indicted earlier this week. He's facing six counts of child sex charges according to the Blount County District Attorney.
Those charges include electronic solicitation of a minor and sodomy and other charges. Osborn was taken into custody by state law enforcement agents.
District Attorney Pamela Casey directed us to her Facebook page where she warns parents about the dangers of cell phones and social media apps. In videos posted on her Facebook page, she says parents need to pay attention to what their children are doing online especially when it comes to messenger apps.
"People who are trying to talk to your children, they meet them on Facebook or on Instagram and then they groom them. It's a grooming technique they use to then say hey we're friends add me on What's App," Casey said.
In a statement to us about Osborn's arrest, Oneonta Police Chief Charles Clifton says:
ALEA says its investigation against Osborn is still open. If convicted, Osborn could face between two and 20 years behind bars for each felony charge.