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Convicted rapist charged with sex offense after police say he met in F.V. park with officer who posed online as a 15-year-old girl

Convicted rapist charged with sex offense after police say he met in F.V. park with officer who posed online as a 15-year-old girl
Troy Shellenbaum, 32, is facing two felony charges on allegations that he arranged to meet at a Fountain Valley park with an undercover officer who was posing online as a teenage girl. (Courtesy of Fountain Valley Police Department)

A 32-year-old man who was convicted of rape in 2006 is facing felony charges after authorities alleged he arranged a meeting at a Fountain Valley park Friday with an undercover officer who was posing online as a 15-year-old girl.

Troy Shellenbaum, who is registered with the California Department of Justice as a sex offender, is charged with one count of sex offense with a prior arranged meeting and one count of luring a child with intent to commit a crime, according to Orange County Superior Court records.

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If convicted, the Anaheim resident could face a maximum sentence of four years and eight months in jail, according to prosecutors.

Police allege Shellenbaum contacted an undercover officer who was posing as a 15-year-old girl on Facebook Messenger and initiated a sexual conversation.

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They arranged to meet at a park “for the purpose of going to her home for a sexual encounter,” police wrote in a news release. Fountain Valley detectives arrested Shellenbaum at the park.

Shellenbaum was convicted in 2006 of a felony count of rape by force or fear, according to the state Justice Department website.

He is being held without bail in the Theo Lacy jail in Orange, according to jail records.

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