Sullivan County

Blountville man sentenced for soliciting child online for sex

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - A Blountville man will spend ten years in prison after pleading guilty to using the internet to lure a child into sexual activity.

31-year-old Lucas Jordan Conerly pleaded guilty in December 2013 to a federal charge of using means of interstate commerce to entice a child for illegal sexual activity.  He was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Greeneville, Tennessee. 

Conerly's charges accused him of using the internet for nearly four months to get a 13-year-old boy to meet with him in Johnson City for sex. Investigators say Conerly admitted to selecting the victim from the child's social media account and Conerly promised the boy gifts if he met with him.

The 13-year-old victim's family contacted law enforcement, and officers assumed the boy's identity online. Conerly was arrested when undercover officers showed up at the pre-determined meeting location to engage in sexual activity.

In addition to Conerly's prison sentence, he will also serve a life term of supervised release with special conditions.

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