RACINE – A North Carolina man accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to an 11-year-old Mount Pleasant girl was sentenced Monday to one year in jail and three years on probation.
Michael D. McClelland, 41, of Charlotte, had pleaded no contest back in February to three amended charges of exposing a child to harmful material. As part of that agreement, the prosecutor agreed to ask that two additional felony charges be dropped.
McClelland was charged in July after Mount Pleasant police were called to the girl’s home and found the man seated outside on the porch with four beers, according to his criminal complaint.
The girl’s mother told police that her daughter had been receiving sexually suggestive text messages from McClelland, according to the complaint. He had also allegedly touched the girl under his clothing that night.
He reportedly told police that he was “just playing around” and never meant to act on the texts, according to the complaint.
Conditions set by Circuit Judge Charles Constantine also require that McClellan not have contact with the victim or her family and pay nearly $500 in restitution.