Tennessee Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Crossing State Line to Kentucky to Have Sex with Minor

A Tennessee man has been sentenced for crossing state lines to engage in sexual activity with a minor. In late 2018, it was admitted that in October 2017, 47-year-old Billie Gene Spears traveled to Franklin County, Kentucky with intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor under 12-years-old. Spears had posted an internet ad to which an undercover investigator with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office responded. Communication between the two ensued, with Spears indicating he was seeking sex with the investigator’s fictitious 9-year-old daughter. Spears was met by the investigation and other law enforcement at a pre-arranged location in Franklin County and arrested. He was sentenced on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 to 25-years in federal prison.

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