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Deputies: 3 arrested for contacting minors online, attempting to meet for sex

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Carl Dean Shook, age 22, of Newton, was arrested on May 18th, 2014 and July 10th, 2014. Carl Dean Shook, age 22, of Newton, was arrested on May 18th, 2014 and July 10th, 2014.
Brian Scott Garrison, age 29, of Statesville was arrested on May 18th, 2014 Brian Scott Garrison, age 29, of Statesville was arrested on May 18th, 2014
Shea Andrew Tucker, age 29, of Hickory was arrested on June 16th, 2014 Shea Andrew Tucker, age 29, of Hickory was arrested on June 16th, 2014
CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV ) -

Three men have been arrested after deputies say they contacted minors via social media, solicited them, and arranged to meet them in person.

According to deputies in Caldwell County, the arrests have taken place over the past two months. In all three of the cases, the men arrived at a location to actually meet with the minor child and were arrested by investigators.

Deputies say 22-year-old Carl Dean Shook, of Newton, was arrested not once, but twice by the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.

He was first arrested on May 18 when deputies say he traveled to Caldwell County to meet a juvenile. He was charged with solicitation of a child for sexual purposes. He was arrested and later released on a $20,000 bond.

While out on bond for these charges, Shook was charged with disseminating obscenity to a child under the age of 13 in a separate incident. He was arrested on that charge Thursday. He is being held on a $75,000 bond.

Two other men, 29-year-old Brian Scott Garrison, of Statesville, and 29-year-old Shea Andrew Tucker, of Hickory, were arrested after traveling to Caldwell County to meet a juvenile.

Garrison was arrested on May 18, Tucker on June 16.

Both were charged with solicitation of a child for  sexual purposes.

Garrison was held on a $100,000 bond, Tucker on a $50,000 bond.

"The investigations were conducted as a part of a measure to combat the growing trend of abuse towards minors through social media," Sheriff Alan C. Jones said. "And to act as a preventative of future potential sexual assaults on minors."

Sheriff Jones would like to remind parents of ways you can help keep your children safe.

  • Monitor your child's activities while they are online.
  • Know the passwords to your child's email and social media accounts and regularly review the content.
  • Become familiar with your Child's contact lists connected with your child's phone, email account or social media accounts.
  • Review content stored on your child's phone and personal computer such as text or photographs.
  • If your child is allowed to have a social media profile limit the amount of personal information that your child attaches to the profile.
  • Follow the guide that all information placed on a social media profile can be seen by everyone regardless of privacy settings for the account.
  • Report every incident of inappropriate conduct toward you child to Law Enforcement
  • Become Familiar the various applications that your child may be using on their smartphone, tablet, or computer (Tango, Instagram, Facebook, KiK, Snapchat, Meet Me, Tagged)
  • Make use of the Parental Controls that are programmed in to many of the devices.
    Sheriff Jones reminds citizens that his agency is taking an aggressive approach to these sexual offenders that prey on children via  the Internet.

If you want to report such offenders you can call Crime Stoppers at 758 -8300, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office at 758-2324 or you can make a report using the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website.

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