WAYCROSS, Ga. -- A teacher and former part-time police officer is now facing new charges on top of already serious allegations that he solicited a minor and may have exposed him to a deadly virus.
The United States Department of Justice reports that 42-year-old Tracy Wayne Crosby of Waycross, Georgia was indicted by a federal grand jury, on Thursday, of sex trafficking of a minor.
According to the indictment, Crosby "recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided, obtained, maintained, patronized and solicited" a minor to engage in "commercial sex acts" from August to November of 2017.
According to the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Savannah, Crosby used a cell phone and the internet to gain the trust of a minor and convince them to engage in prostitution and sexual activity. He also allegedly had images depicting a minor "engaged in sexually explicit conduct."
Crosby is now charged with sex trafficking of a minor, coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and possession of child pornography.
“Sexual exploitation steals the innocence of children, and the criminals who engage in these acts often inflict life-long trauma on their victims,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Greg Wiest of the Atlanta field office of Homeland Security Investigation.
It's only the latest information revealed about the former Ware County, Georgia teacher since Nov. 28. That's when a local mother became concerned when her 16-year-old son left her home without completely explaining his departure. She investigated and found him in neighboring Camden County engaged in sexual acts with Crosby.
He was arrested the next day by the Camden County Sheriff's Office on one count of solicitation of sodomy.
Since that arrest, Crosby has also been charged with reckless conduct by an HIV-infected person. On the latest charges alone, Crosby faces at least 10-years of prison if convicted. However, a judge could legally sentence him to life in prison.
In a message dated Nov. 30 on social media, the Ware County School System superintendent, Jim LeBrun, said a teacher has been placed on administrative leave "based on allegations of inappropriate conduct" and that the system is working with law enforcement and the Professional Standards Commission as the investigation continues.
“Those who solicit children online and pay to have sex with them are a horrible, driving force behind the dark underground of child sex trafficking," United States Attorney Bobby L. Christine said. "By holding these people accountable for their actions, we can help end this scourge."