KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A former Grainger Co. deputy sheriff was sentenced to more than ten years behind bars after being convicted of trying to entice a two teens, ages 16 and 13, to engage in illegal sexual activity, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Trenedy Monroe Brooks, of Thorn Hill, was sentenced to 125 months in prison. The 29 year-old was accused of enticing the 13 year-old to have sex with him while he was out on bond for state aggravated statutory rape charges related to the 16 year-old, explained U.S. Attorney's Office spokesperson Sharry Dedmon-Beard.
Brooks was still a deputy with the Grainger Co. Sheriff's Office at the time of the offenses, she continued.
“This sentence sends a clear message that persons who use means of interstate commerce to prey upon children will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," U.S. Attorney Bill Killian commented. "The fact that Brooks was a sworn law enforcement officer at the time of the offenses further justifies the stiff penalty that Judge Phillips imposed.”
In August, Brooks pleaded guilty to using a means of interstate commerce to entice a 16 year-old girl to engage in illegal sexual activity and with attempting to use a means of interstate commerce to entice a 13 year-old girl to engage in illegal activity.