DeShawn L. Gilliam, 28, of Pamplin, was given a three-year suspended sentence June 18 after pleading guilty to taking indecent liberties with a child under age 15. 

According to evidence summarized in court, an Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office investigator was called to a residence in the county on April 22, 2019. The investigator spoke to a female caretaker who expressed concern for the welfare of the child. 

After unlocking the child’s cell phone, inappropriate messages were found on social media site Snapchat. Gilliam admitted to committing one sexual act. 

Gilliam must register as a sex offender against a minor, undergo a sex offender treatment program, and have no further contact with the victim or the victim’s immediate family. 

Gilliam’s suspended sentence is based on conditions of five years good behavior and two years supervised probation. 

As a result of the plea agreement, charges of use of a communications system to propose a sexual act with a child and felony carnal knowledge with a child without force were dropped. 

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