Teen pleads guilty to sexual assaulting Boy Scouts on 2014 camping trip

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Timothy Grant Shaw II
Timothy Grant Shaw II

A Wilmington teen was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a dozen sex offense charges.

Timothy Grant Shaw II, 18, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in New Hanover County Superior Court, according to Assistant District Attorney Connie Jordan, who was the prosecutor in the case.

Superior Court Judge Phyllis Gorham sentenced Shaw to 18 to 26 years in the N.C. Department of Corrections, followed by five years of supervised release. Shaw was ordered to register as a sex offender for 30 years after he’s released from prison.

Shaw was indicted May 19, 2014, on nine counts of first-degree sex offense of a child, one count of second-degree sex offense of a child, one count of third-degree sex offense of a child and one count of felony disseminate obscenity.

He was charged in connection with sexually assaulting two 12-year-old Boy Scouts during a weekend camping trip at Carolina Beach State Park in March 2014. Shaw, who was 17 at the time of the offense, was a troop leader for the group of kids, Jordan said.

The father of one of the victims alerted the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office to the alleged offenses. Shaw’s cell phone contained explicit photographs of children, Jordan said. When questioned by law enforcement, Shaw admitted to sexually assaulting the boys and collecting a cache of child pornography involving male children, which was seized from his personal computer.

“The defendant had an obligation to ensure the protection and safety of these children, and instead he violated this trust in a way that has far-reaching ramifications for the children,” Jordan said. “In my experience, these crimes can negatively impact child victims for the rest of their lives and very often set them on a path of self-destruction, instead of a path of growth, responsibility and community action that the Boy Scouts attempt to instill.”

Attorney Jason Minnicozzi represented Shaw.

Christina Haley is a crime reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or Christina.h@portcitydaily.com.