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Convicted child porn offender says 'I'm sorry' after sentencing

(WOWT)
Published: Nov. 14, 2016 at 9:37 PM CST
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A man who admitted to a priest that he took video of an undressed girl is now in jail. On his way there, he briefly talked to Mike McKnight.

After asking for only probation, 39-year-old Shawn Owens told Judge Paul Korslund that he was ashamed and sought help. But Owens still has to spend about three months in jail for attempted possession of child porn and taking a hidden video of a preteen girl dressing.

Last year the rural Murray, Nebraska businessman told a priest about a video after mass, not in confession.

According to court documents, Owens had put out clothes for a preteen girl to change into. The girl didn't know it but while she was dressing Owens recorded about five seconds of video on his cell phone.

An affidavit states the priest called deputies who then found Owens had deleted the video. Investigators recovered the video along with 18 downloaded internet images of undressed girls under 16 years old.

Defense attorney John Berry said, "I think this is a situation that's very, very difficult for the entire family. The sentence is fair."

Owens faced a maximum 55 years in prison and instead he received five years probation after 87 days in jail.

Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox said, "I asked for the statutory sentence and left it in the discretion of the judge how to administer that. I'm not going to question his judgment."

Flanked by two deputies and handcuffed while waiting for the elevator to take him to jail, Owens told WOWT6 News: "I'm sorry for what I did. I love my family. Too many regrets."

Owens has registered as a sex offender. Once his jail sentence ends he'll be on five years probation which prohibits unsupervised contact with children and limits his access to social media.