According to a police report, a White House man was arrested after he drove to Cookeville to apparently meet an undercover police officer who was posing as a minor child.
Shannon Gene Murphy, 40, allegedly planned the meeting to have sexual contact with the child. Murphy sent pictures of a sexually explicit nature to the undercover police officer amid the sting operation.
Murphy was arrested and charged with solicitation of a minor for rape of a child and four counts of solicitation of a minor by electronic means. His bond was set at $500,000.00.
Murphy was currently out on bond for statutory rape by an authority figure, incest, and sexual battery by an authority figure resulting from an unrelated investigation in White House, TN, according to Cookeville Police.
“This type of investigation and arrest demonstrates the need for parents to be mindful of their children’s internet activity. This includes internet access via mobile devices. Cookeville detectives assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force will continue to conduct these types of investigations in an effort to hold those accountable who may harm our children.”