August 22, 2007

C.U. Employee Arrested for Soliciting Sex with 15 Year Old

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Originally published June 16, 2007

Barry Shaffer, a Cornell Cooperative Extension educator, was arrested June 11 in Novi, Mich. for attempting to have sex with a minor.

According to Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, Shaffer traveled from his home in New York to an apartment complex in Novi where he had arranged to have sex with a 15 year old, who was actually an Attorney General investigator.

Shaffer was arraigned on June 11, 2007 in Novi’s 52-1 District Court. He has been charged with: one count of child sexually abusive activity, one count of using a computer to communicate with another to commit child sexually abusive activity and two counts of using a computer to communicate with another to disseminate sexually explicit matter to a minor. The maximum sentence Shaffer could serve for these crimes is 48 years.

The District Court in Novi set a $50,000 cash bond for Shaffer’s release.

Shaffer waived his pre-court examination and was allowed to return to New York.