BRISTOL - A Terryville man has pleaded no contest to propositioning a 14-year-old Bristol girl, sending her a list of sexual favors she could complete for money.
Shane Silva, 46, accepted a plea bargain on Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. The deal is not expected to include any prison time, at the request of the victim, state prosecutors said.
During the hearing, Silva pleaded no contest to one count of risk of injury to a minor. He is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended, and five years of probation on June 18.
State prosecutor Elizabeth Moseley said Tuesday that Silva had originally been offered a plea deal that would have included prison time. One of the reasons she eliminated the prison portion of the offer was because the victim and her mother did not want any incarceration.
As part of the deal, Silva will be issued a protective order that forbids any contact with the victim. He will also not be allowed to have any unsupervised contact with minors while on probation. This condition would not apply to his child, court officials said. Silva, who is free on $50,000 bond, will also have to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
According to the arrest warrant, Silva, in either late 2016 or early 2017, sent a 14-year-old girl a list of things she could do to earn $100 each, including sending him nude photos, performing oral sex on him, allowing him to perform oral sex on her and going anywhere he wanted with him during her next school vacation. The document said no sexual contact is alleged to have taken place.
According to the warrant, Silva knows the victim’s mother and had been acting as a father figure to the teen. The girl went with Silva on two business trips of his in late 2016 and early 2017. During the first one, the warrant said, he referred to her as his girlfriend and made a comment about a pair of spandex-style pants she was looking to purchase, saying he would not be able to “handle himself” if she wore them.
During the second trip, the warrant continued, the girl said she fell asleep in the car and woke up to Silva holding her hand. When she pulled her hand away, she said, he asked if they would hug and kiss. After dropping the girl off at home, she told police, Silva twice tried to kiss her on the lips, but she moved away.
During either December 2016 or January 2017, the warrant said, the 14-year-old asked Silva for money. This is when he sent her a list of sexual favors via text message and told her each task would earn her $100. The girl later showed this list to police after her therapist contacted the state’s Department of Children and Families when the teen brought it up during a counseling session. DCF then contacted local police.
Silva later admitted to police he has said inappropriate things to the teen and sent her the list of sexual favors that she showed officers, but he affirmed that he never intended to go through with any of the acts.
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