A 28-year-old Columbia man pleads guilty to attempted sexual misconduct

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | 12:19 p.m. CST; updated 3:18 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 19, 2014

COLUMBIA — Shaun Michael Dirkier, 28, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to attempted sexual misconduct involving a child and attempted statutory sodomy in the second degree Tuesday.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force has been investigating Dirkier since December 2012. An undercover detective, whom Dirkier believed was a 14-year-old boy, began conversing with Dirkier through email and later moved to text messaging.

Dirkier sent explicit photographs of himself through text messaging and arranged a meeting in order to engage in sexual conduct with the decoy child.

He was arrested at a local fast food restaurant on Dec. 15, 2012, when he arranged a meeting with someone whom he believed to be a 14-year-old boy.

A cellphone and two computers were seized as a result of the arrest.

The suspect remains out on bond with a final disposition scheduled for April 21. 

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