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Tuesday, January 01, 2019 03:06 PM

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More Victims Feared After Knoxville Man Arrested For Sexual Exploitation Of Teen Girl

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knoxville Police are concerned more victims may need to come forward after their arrest of a suspect for sexual exploitation of a teen girl.

The Knoxville Police Departmentís Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force followed up a on complaint that a teen in Oklahoma was the victim of exploitation by a Tennessee man. She was having what appeared to be an inappropriate online relationship with him. At one point, investigators said it appeared Greene was planning to meet the 16-year-old girl in Oklahoma during a reported work trip to that state.

When the teen's mother told 22-year-old Shay Christopher Greene to end contact, investigators said he threatened to hire a motorcycle gang to shoot her in the head.

The mother contacted police who then began investigating. Members of KPD's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) said Greene agreed to meet the teen in Knoxville but was instead met by investigators in August.

That's when they said they found what appeared to be child pornography on his mobile phone. About three days later, investigators said Greene fled Tennessee and ended up in Oklahoma where he was arrested.

Greene is charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, a Class D Felony. He is waiting to be transferred back to Knox County.

Police said anyone victimized or contacted by Shay Christopher Greene should reach out to the Knoxville Police Departmentís crime information line at 865-215-7212 or share information through the KPD Facebook page @KnoxvillePD.