Ian Michael Shepherd, 23, was arraigned June 25 in Clatsop County Circuit Court after his arrest in Cannon Beach June 24 on multiple felony charges. Shepherd is charged with one count of first-degree online sexual corruption, one count of luring a minor and three counts of third-degree sodomy.

Appearing in Judge Cindee Matyas’ courtroom via closed circuit television, Shepherd sobbed at times as the alleged crimes and the victim were discussed.

With the permission of the victim’s father, Clatsop County District Attorney Joshua Marquis spoke of 16-year-old Pheraby Stricklin of Warrenton, who died May 5, 2012.

In an obituary published in The Daily Astorian, family members described her as an avid student of neurology, sociology, mathematics and music. She was also known as a horsewoman, caring deeply about equine hoof care.

The young victim shot herself with a gun belonging to Shepherd, according to Marquis. However, he is not being charged with criminal activity involving her death.

Shepherd is accused of allegedly soliciting sexual conduct, providing a representation of sexual conduct to induce sexual conduct and engaging in sexual intercourse with the victim when she was 15 years old, according to a grand jury indictment.

“I think the defendant is looking at serious prison time,” said Marquis. “I know that the family of the deceased victim feels very strongly that he deserves to stay in jail,” he said about release conditions. “The state does, too.”

Shepherd’s mother was in the courtroom. His court-appointed attorney, Kris Kaino, asked the court to consider conditional release based on his mother’s willingness to house him at her Cannon Beach home. He entered a not guilty plea. Shepherd has no criminal history.

Marquis asked for security in the amount of $50,000 and exclusion from the matrix. Matyas set security at $50,000 and scheduled a release hearing at 3 p.m. July 8 and an early resolution conference at 9 a.m. July 24.

Matyas excluded Shepherd from the matrix for the time being. The matrix is the system by which the law enforcement and judicial community determine which people remain in the limited beds in the Clatsop County Jail.

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