Man charged with soliciting a child

Published 9:08 am Tuesday, March 26, 2013

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

A part-time Pelham resident recently was released from the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $10,000 after he was arrested and charged with a felony count of soliciting a child.



The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office arrested Samuel Ferrell Burt II on March 16 and charged him with one count of electronic solicitation of a child.

“I can’t release a lot of information about it because it involved a child,” said Pelham Police Department Lt. Pete Folmar. “He had inappropriate contact with an underage person, and we are alleging he solicited them for sex.”

Sheriff’s deputies took Ferrell into custody after Pelham police issued a warrant for him.

According to Shelby County Jail records Burt posted a $10,000 bond and was released from custody the same day he was arrested.

According to Alabama law, electronic solicitation of a child is a Class B felony, and occurs when an adult uses electronic means to coerce a child to meet them or another person to engage in sexual activity.

If convicted of the crime, Burt could be sentenced to between two-20 years in prison.