New charges for man accused of soliciting sex with 13-year-old

KNOXVILLE - The man charged Monday with trying to arrange sex with a 13-year-old girl is back in jail on new charges.

Justin Kyle Phelps posted a $25,000 bond after his arrest on Solicitation of a Minor – Aggravated Statutory Rape and sex offender registry violations.

Now, investigators with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) have secured warrants on two new charges related to sex offender registry violations and perjury charges. Both charges carry a $10,000 bond each.

Monroe County sheriff's deputies arrested Phelps on Wednesday, and he will be transported back to the Knox County Detention Facility.

Investigators continue to look into Phelps' activities because they have information that he could have additional victims.

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A convicted sex offender is back behind bars after investigators say he arranged to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.

The Knoxville Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) began an investigation on March 8. The girl's parents discovered that someone was communicating via the internet with their daughter, and they believed it was an adult. They also said the man had tried to get into the girl's bedroom at least twice.

ICAC investigators identified Justin Kyle Phelps, 26, of Monroe County, as the suspect. He was convicted in 2011 for Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and is currently on the sex offender registry.

On Monday, officers arrested Phelps for Solicitation of a Minor - Aggravated Statutory Rape (Class E Felony) after he drove to what he thought was a meeting with the young teenager for sex.

Phelps was also charged with a Sex Offender Registry Violation.

Investigators believe there may be additional victims, and are working to identify them.
 

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