Public Affairs Specialist Brett Carr
March 24, 2016
FBI Agents Arrest Tennessee Man on Child Exploitation Charges
The FBI Jackson’s Child Exploitation Task Force arrested a Tennessee man on two federal child exploitation charges on Thursday.
Wesley Scott Greene, 24, of Ooltewah, Tennessee, was taken into custody by FBI agents and task force officers without incident in his former hometown in Opelika, Alabama.
According to the criminal complaint filed by the FBI in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Mississippi, Greene is charged with a violation of 18 USC 2422(b), using facilities in interstate commerce to entice or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity, and 18 USC 2423(b), traveling in interstate commerce to engage in sexual activity of a minor. Judge S. Allan Alexander signed the criminal complaint and arrest warrant.
Criminal defendants are presumed innocent of crimes.
Agents transported Greene to federal court in Alabama for his initial appearance. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to life.
The FBI Jackson Division’s Child Exploitation Task Force spearheaded the investigation with assistance from the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI in Auburn, Alabama.
The task force is composed of agents from the FBI and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Offices in Oxford and Jackson.
The FBI is enhancing its efforts to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse by partnering the task force elements of the Innocence Lost and Innocent Images national initiatives in one Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF).
Their goal is to provide a rapid and effective investigative response to reported federal crimes involving the victimization of children. The task forces strive to reduce the vulnerability of children to acts of sexual exploitation and abuse, and strengthen the capabilities of federal, state, and local law enforcement through training programs and investigative assistance.