|Edward Shane Kiser|
By Wes Bunch
GATE CITY - A former police officer for the town of Coeburn will spend the next year in prison after he was sentenced Friday in Scott County Circuit Court for using Facebook to solicit sex from a minor.
Edward Shane Kiser, 28, Retford Road, Coeburn, was given a five-year prison sentence by 30th Circuit Court Judge John Kilgore with all but one year suspended. Kiser was also ordered to submit to six months of home electronic monitoring following his release.
- Of course! The general public gets years in prison while police officers continue to catch breaks!
Kiser was also required by the court to register as a sex offender.
Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marcus McClung said Kiser’s sentence exceeded state guidelines, which called for no jail time to be given.
“The judge ignored the state guidelines and went ahead and sentenced him,” McClung said.
McClung said he felt Kiser’s actions betrayed the trust members of the public place in law enforcement officers.
“We were really disgusted with this case because it was a law enforcement officer,” McClung said. “I work with law enforcement officers everyday who put their lives on the line, and for this officer to have sworn to protect us and then to try and solicit sex from this little girl, it disgusts me.”
During Friday’s hearing, Kiser was called to the stand by prosecutors. During his testimony, Kiser reportedly tried to attribute his actions to an undercover operation that was working to take down a prostitution ring.
Scott County prosecutors countered those claims by calling a Virginia State Police special agent to the stand and having him read several of Kiser’s Facebook messages to his victim, one of which asked the girl if she would “let him hit it.”
“At no time was there anything that you would do during an undercover operation, such as asking how much money or any of those things,” McClung said. “He also failed to mention that in his interview with police and none of his superiors showed up to verify this was an undercover investigation. His statement this morning was the first time we had heard of that.”
Virginia State Police arrested Kiser in August 2012 following a week-long investigation that began when the girl’s parents contacted Scott County authorities.
Kiser was a member of the Coeburn Police Department when he began sending the sexually explicit messages, but he resigned from the force roughly a week before being taken into custody.
McClung said his office prosecuted the case because the girl who received the messages lived in Scott County at the time.
Authorities said Kiser met the girl last year when he was investigating a noise complaint involving juveniles at a gas station in Coeburn.
Kiser reportedly learned the girl’s identity as a result of the incident, which allowed him to identify her profile on the social networking website Facebook.
After finding her profile, Kiser used Facebook to carry on what the prosecution described as a “long conversation” in which he asked the girl to perform sexual acts with him.
A large portion of that conversation was actually carried out between Kiser and an undercover VSP special agent who had been given permission by the girl’s parents to assume control of her Facebook profile.
Kiser reportedly communicated unknowingly with the special agent for nearly a week before being arrested.