According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Lucas Jordan Conerly, 31, had arranged to meet a 13-year-old child and had planned a meeting with the victim at a Johnson City business where he was set to give the victim gifts.
Because the victim’s family had alerted police to the online activity, the Knoxville Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had assumed the role of the victim to communicate with Conerly, police said.
He was arrested at the business in Johnson City in January. The online relationship lasted for nearly four months, and Conerly admitted to selecting the victim based on the child’s social media profile, police said.
Conerly was sentenced by J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge and will be subject to a life term of supervised release with special conditions.