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Illinois man sentenced for engaging sexually with 10-year-old boy on webcam

A 35-year-old Kell man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to persuading a 10-year-old boy to engage in sex acts via webcam and for possession of child pornography, a press release from the Southern District of Illinois said.

Shawn Lyberger was already a registered sex offender when he began chatting with the victim, an English boy, over the chat room website Omegle in December 2015, according to prosecutors. In their initial chat, Lyberger engaged in a sexual act over webcam.

At Lyberger’s suggestion, he and the boy switched over to Skype, where he convinced the boy to perform sexual acts over the webcam as well. Lyberger later admitted that he knew the boy was only 10, according to the press release.

At some point, the boy tried to end the sexual aspect of their chats and specifically said he didn’t want to exchange sexually explicit pictures with Lyberger anymore. Lyberger told the boy this was unacceptable and threatened to make the boy a “cyber boy,” which meant he would post the boy’s sexually explicit pictures online for others to see.

Following this threat, the boy became scared and told his mother, who notified police.

In July 2016, police executed a search warrant at Lyberger’s home and seized a laptop and USB that contained approximately 77 images and 200 videos of child pornography. The press release said none of the videos or images depicted the English boy.

Lyberger admitted to police that he had been chatting online about child pornography and that he’d engaged with minors over Skype and Omegle. He also admitted to soliciting boys to perform sex acts online, but confessed only to viewing the webcam transmissions and not recording them.

Lyberger had been a registered sex offender since 2003, when he was convicted of possession of child pornography in Missouri.

Federal law mandates that a 10-year term of imprisonment must run consecutive to any conviction he receives as a registered sex offender, meaning he will serve two 10-year sentences for both of the recent charges. Lyberger will also have to undergo a lifetime term of supervised release.

Hana Muslic: 618-239-2626, @h_muslic