Online Sex Lands Man in Jail

A 54-year-old La Jolla, California man is in jail for encounters of a sexual nature he has online with a supposed "14-year-old Female" that was really an investigator with the Bay County Sheriff's Office in Panama City.

Thomas Flint Shadek is currently in custody in California and charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition, eight counts of transmission of harmful materials to a minor and solicitation of a minor for a sexual act via Internet connection.

Posing as a 14-year-old female in a Yahoo chat room, the local investigators contacted by Shadek who allegedly exposed himself using a real-time camera online and also allegedly sent her sexually graphic pictures of himself.

The investigation went on for almost a year. Warrants were issued at the request of the Bay County Sheriff's Office and Shadek was arrested in California.