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Honeoye man charged with attempted rape in Canandaigua

The Canandaigua Police Department reports the arrest of a 30-year-old Honeoye resident following an investigation that started on social media.

Police say Shane Merrell, 30, was charged with second-degree attempted rape and disseminating indecent material to a minor on June 16th.

Merrell is accused of using social media to send nude photos of himself to a 14-year-old, and attempting to arrange a meeting for the purpose of having sexual contact.

That 14-year-old was in fact an undercover detective with the Canandaigua Police Department. Merrell was issued an appearance ticket and will answer the charges at a later date.