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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Alabama Man Sentenced to 10 Years In Prison For Child Exploitation

OXFORD – Wesley Scott Greene, 25, of Opelika, Alabama, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen, Mississippi, today to serve 120 months in prison for child exploitation, and 120 months in prison for crossing state lines to engage in sexual activity with a minor. Greene will serve the two sentences concurrently.

Greene will also serve 10 years of supervised release following his incarceration. Greene was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service to begin his sentence.

U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams of the Northern District of Mississippi, Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze of the FBI’s Jackson, Mississippi Division, and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood made the announcement.

“The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi is committed to the protection of our children and we will vigorously prosecute those predators who seek to exploit and abuse them.  Our office appreciates the hard work of all the federal, state, and local agencies that participated in this investigation,” said U.S. Attorney Adams.

“As technology advances, criminals continue to find new ways to prey on children,” said Christopher Freeze, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Mississippi. “The FBI will remain vigilant to technological advances to stay one step ahead of those attempting to exploit children.”

"The conclusion of this case is another good example of how effective law enforcement agencies can be when they work collaboratively to take criminals off the streets and away from our children,” said Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.  “It’s extremely important for us to continue working together as state, federal and local partners to protect kids from those who would exploit and abuse them.”

Greene was arrested by FBI Agents and Task Force Officers on March 24, 2016 in his former hometown of Opelika, Alabama.  In April 2016, the federal grand jury returned a two count indictment charging Greene with violations 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. On July 25, 2016, Greene pled guilty to both charges.

The FBI Jackson Division’s Child Exploitation Task Force conducted 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.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated December 7, 2016