Suspected serial rapist facing more charges after Lincoln County women accuse him of sexual assault

Michael Shinn was initially arrested in June in Mooresville on accusations he met multiple women and sexually assaulted them.
the man was just officially charged yesterday in connection with two sexual assaults in Lincoln County that both stemmed from a date.
Published: Sep. 23, 2022 at 9:29 AM EDT
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LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man once deemed a serial rapist has officially been charged in connection with two sexual assaults that happened in Lincoln County this year, authorities said.

Michael Shinn was initially arrested in June in Mooresville on accusations he met multiple women and sexually assaulted them.

Related: Suspected serial rapist with possible victims in multiple states arrested in Mooresville, police say

Mooresville Police said at the time they believed there could be more victims out there.

On Thursday, detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office served warrants on Shinn in connection with two sexual assaults.

According to authorities, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy spoke to a 29-year-old woman who said she met Shinn online and agreed to go out with him.

He then picked her up for their date on March 26 and allegedly sexually assaulted her inside her vehicle.

The woman said she was afraid to speak up at the time.

Another Lincoln County woman, 22, saw the news release about Shinn’s previous arrest and filed a report with the sheriff’s office, claiming she also met the suspect online and agreed to go out with him, and was sexually assaulted in her car by him on Jan. 29, a news release said.

On. Sept. 19, warrants charging Shinn with two counts of first-degree forcible sex offense and two counts of second-degree kidnapping were drawn up, authorities said.

“Being able to see that my words not only got this guy behind bars but it is helping several other victims,” Mooresville Detective Robin Watts said.

Date coach Laurie Berzack said it’s smart to play it safe when meeting an online acquaintance in person for the first time. She said there are a few things you can do to vet a person before you meet them.

First, keep all your conversation in the app or online server until right before you meet. Once you trade numbers you can run a background check by using websites like Been Verified. And. shy away from people who are using innuendos or are overly romantic before you meet

“Treat it like you’re meeting someone out and about and would they act that way initially, no they wouldn’t so that’s an initial red flag you can look for,” Berzack said.

Once you do meet, make sure it’s in a public place. Don’t leave personal items or a drink unattended with the person. And be wary of someone prying into personal or financial aspects of your life.

“Take it slow when you’re online dating and meeting in person,” Berzach said.

The warrants were served on Shinn, who is being held in the Iredell County Detention Center. He was given an additional $500,000 secured bond, the release stated.

Investigators believe there could be similar cases involving Shinn in other states, as far away as California.