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Goshen man caught on Bikers Against Predators video, sentenced in Elkhart County Court

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A man caught on a Bikers Against Predators video was sentenced in Elkhart County Court.

48-year-old Shawn Ensign of Goshen was charged by plea agreement on a charge of Child Solicitation.

A probable cause affidavit says a man associated with Bikers Against Predators contacted Goshen police on May 4 to report that Ensign had attempted to meet with what he believed was a 14-year-old girl at the Goshen Dunkin Donuts, though the person he had been speaking to and arranging to meet was actually an adult living in California.

According to The Goshen News, officers were given a cell phone containing the two’s conversation, some of which included sexual content, affirmations to the teen that her age was permissible to Ensign and discussions about meeting.

When police met Ensign at the scene, he claimed that he did not remember the teen’s age and only claimed that their conversations involved discussion about cuddling and meeting for coffee. He was sentenced to 3 years on reporting probation.

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6 comments

Bridget Bontrager March 4, 2024 at 8:17 am

I don’t feel that the federal government should be giving grants to the inmates in prison. You people already make it so easy for them. I know alot of people that go to jail that say it’s okay, because they don’t have to do anything and they get a roof over there head 3 meals a day and a bed at night. What more can you ask for. They also get TV privileges. Now you want to offer grants, lets just make prison more appealing. Let the government worry about getting the illegal immigration system in order first before we turn our prisons into luxury hotels.

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Joyce March 4, 2024 at 4:59 pm

It’s not a luxury to be in prison, its better to try & rehabilitate inmates & make them more productive to society so they don’t become repeat offenders & live in a prison the rest of there lives. Alot goes on behind those prison walls that no one on the outside knows about or has to experience. People do make bad choices but they shouldn’t have to pay for them the rest of there lives. There are good people inside those prisons doing there time. Some people just don’t understand & look at the whole picture. I agree to educate the inmates or at least let it be offered. God Bless. 🙏

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Su March 5, 2024 at 8:11 am

I agree

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Mark Iplier March 4, 2024 at 7:06 pm

You should try going to prison to see for yourself. Nothing better than firsthand experience!

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Thor March 4, 2024 at 11:30 pm

It should be three strikes and a one way trip through the felon zapper. Cry me a river about how hard prison is…if it were so there would not be so many repeat offenders.

Until these criminals can be trusted with all the constitutional rights of a free citizen they should not be allowed to walk among us.

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Not my circus, not my monkey March 5, 2024 at 12:50 pm

3 years reporting probation!?!?!?!? That’s it???? For God’s sake (and children’s safety) put these PEDOPHILES away for life and give them a frontal lobotomy PLUS make them all Unicks! Stop being so soft on these CHOMO’s!!!!!

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