Shane Jeffery Chapman

Shane Jeffery Chapman

A Hallsville man who plead guilty to soliciting a minor online has been sentenced to 10 years probation.

Shane Jeffery Chapman, 33, was arrested May 22 on charges of online solicitation of a minor — sexual conduct as part of an undercover investigation that also led to the arrests of three other East Texas men. Chapman pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony charges in January, but wasn’t sentenced by a jury until Thursday.

As part of his sentence, Chapman also will pay a $10,000 fine and spend 20 48-hour periods in the county jail in the next year. He also will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 additional years after the end of his probation, according to court documents.

Chapman also must meet conditions including avoiding playgrounds and other locations with children or going within 1,000 feet of a school. A judge also must approve any out-of-state moves.

Chapman also was arrested on charges of unlawful carrying of a handgun, but those charges were never filed, according to court records.

In a weeklong investigation in May, Longview police teamed with the Child Exploitation Unit of the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Arlington Fugitive Apprehension Unit. Officials used a dating app and pretended to be a 15-year-old girl during email and text message communications with Chapman. Under the impression that he was talking to a child, Chapman planned to meet with the “girl” in his truck at a Longview park for the purposes of engaging in sexual activity, according to police.

He was arrested upon his arrival at the park.

The other three men arrested in the operation were Joaquin Pineda, 30, of Henderson; Nehemias Pineda, 28, of Tyler; and Johnny K. Houston, Jr., 50, of Gilmer.

Houston was sentenced Dec. 5 to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to setting up a similar meeting with an agent posing as a teenage boy. He will serve that sentence concurrently with another nine-year sentence for possession of between 1 and 4 grams of a controlled substance, with credit for time served.

Nehemias Pineda plead guilty to the same charge Jan. 18 and received a sentence of eight years in prison. He was accused of communicating in a sexually explicit manner with a person he believed to be a 15-year-old girl with plans to meet her for sexual activity.

Joaquin Pineda was released May 23 on $10,000 bond, also charged with online solicitation of a minor — sexual contact. No trial date has been set.

Megan Hix covers police and public safety. Follow her on Twitter at @meganhix95.