February 26th, 2019
FORT SMITH– Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Aaron Greene, age 27, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced today to 280 months in federal prison without the possibility of parole followed by ten years of supervised release on multiple Counts of Online Coercing and Enticing Minors to Engage in Illegal Sexual Conduct. The Honorable P. K. Holmes, III presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fort Smith.
According to court records, in May of 2018, officers with the Barling Police Department received information from law enforcement in the State of Georgia that an individual later identified as Aaron Greene had been soliciting pornographic images of a 12 year old female. During the ensuing investigation, Greene was located and, after being advised of his rights, admitted to engaging in online relationships with a number of underage females. He also admitted to possessing on his cellular phone nude images of several of the minors. Based on his statement, a search warrant was obtained the following day for his cellular phone. A subsequent forensic review of the phone revealed numerous sexually explicit images of multiple minors, ranging in age from 12 to 15 years old. The images of the minors were saved to Greene’s cellular phone under specific folders referencing the nickname he assigned to each minor. One particular 12 year old minor from Oklahoma later disclosed to law enforcement that in addition to exchanging sexually explicit images online, Greene had engaged in sexual intercourse with her on two occasions.
Greene was indicted in July of 2018 on federal charges and pleaded guilty to enticing three (3) separate minors online in October of 2018.
This case was investigated by Barling Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Northwest Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts prosecuted the case for the United States.