Federal grandy jury indicts man charged in Camden

A Waycross man charged with soliciting a juvenile in Camden County has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly sex trafficking a minor.

Tracy Wayne Crosby, 42, has been in the Camden jail since Nov. 29 for reckless conduct by a person infected with HIV and solicitation of sodomy. He’s being held on a $150,000 cash bond. The federal indictment adds three new charges: sex trafficking a minor, possession of child pornography and coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.

“Those who solicit children online and pay to have sex with them are a horrible, driving force behind the dark underground of child sex trafficking,” U.S. attorney Bobby Christine said in a press release. “By holding these people accountable for their actions, we can help end this scourge. We continue to relentlessly work with our law enforcement partners to strike blows against this sick industry, to rescue children and to put traffickers and customers behind bars.”

On the federal charges alone, Crosby faces 10 years to life in prison, according to a U.S. Department of Justice release. The indictment alleges that Crosby “recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided, obtained, maintained, patronized and solicited a minor to engage in commercial sex acts.”

Camden deputies arrested Crosby after a woman found her 16-year-old son “having a sexual relationship” with him on Nov. 28 and alerted law enforcement. Crosby is a teacher with the Ware County school system and a part-time law enforcement officer in a nearby county, according to a Camden County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The federal indictment comes from an ongoing investigation by the Atlanta field office of Homeland Security Investigation through the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement department.

“Sexual exploitation steals the innocence of children and the criminals who engage in these acts often inflict lifelong trauma on their victims,” acting special agent in charge Greg West said. “As this case shows, ICE HSI is committed to investigating and seeking prosecution of child exploitation cases as one of the agency’s highest priorities.”

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