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Hawkins man to plead guilty in sexually explicit chat case

Matthew Lane • Jan 18, 2018 at 7:52 AM

GREENEVILLE — A Mount Carmel man who used the social media app Kik to chat with minors and ask them for nude photographs has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge.

Mark Curtis Adams was indicted in U.S. District Court in Greeneville in June 2017 on two charges: enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity and production of child pornography. On Wednesday, Adams’ attorney filed paperwork indicating Adams would be pleading guilty to the enticement charge.

A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 1 and a sentencing date would likely be scheduled at that time. Adams faces 10 years to life in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

According to the plea agreement, an Auburn Hills, Michigan, mother contacted law enforcement in March 2017 about some communications taking place between her 11-year-old daughter and Adams.

At the time, Adams was pretending to be a 17-year-old male named “Tyler Boone” and the two were communicating via Kik. The mother reached out to law enforcement because of the sexually explicit nature of the messages Adams was sending, court records state.

An undercover investigator posed as the girl, and in March 2017, Adams initiated contact, making sexually explicit comments, including how he would perform sexual acts on her. Adams also made multiple requests for nude photos, the plea agreement states.

Law enforcement tracked the IP address of “Tyler Boone” to Adams’ home in Mount Carmel and to Eastman Chemical Company.

In April 2017, Adams admitted to law enforcement he opened the Kik account and that he deleted and reopened it dozens of times because he knew what he was doing was wrong. Adams further admitted he used the app to chat with minors and ask them for nude photographs, though he claimed he never saved the images nor did he know the minors’ identities.

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