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Convicted sex offender arrested for using the internet, a violation of his probation

Posted at 12:50 PM, Dec 04, 2018

HOBE SOUND, Fla. -- A 33-year-old convicted sex offender on probation for sending pornography to children is back behind bars in Martin County.

Martin County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Special Victims Detectives, who monitor gaming sites on a regular basis, arrested Christopher Michael Shea of Hobe Sound after receiving a tip that Shea was using the internet in violation of his probation.

When detectives questioned Shea, he admitted frequenting popular gaming sites for games like Battlefield, Forza, and Fortnight.

Detectives say Shea admitted that his computer "handles" (nicknames) included "Mr. Peepers" and "Cut-off Burrito."

He told detectives that he may have had contact with underage individuals on the sites and used inappropriate language when doing so.

According to MCSO, Shea admitted to borrowing friends and family members' phones to access the internet.

Detectives urge parents to monitor their children's activity on the internet, including on interactive gaming sites, where offenders and predators are known to frequent in an effort to make contact with children.