BRUNSWICK, GA. | A Ware County teacher and former sheriff’s deputy indicted on a charge of sex trafficking a minor could face more charges as forensic examinations are completed on computers, a prosecutor told a federal judge.
Tracy Wayne Crosby, 42, appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate R. Stan Baker who ordered him held without bail because of outstanding state charges in Camden County where deputies arrested him Nov. 29.
Crosby entered not-guilty pleas at an initial appearance on charges of sex trafficking a minor, coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and possession of child pornography.
The U.S. attorney has said Crosby used a cellphone and the internet to persuade and coerce a minor to engage in prostitution and sexual activity. The indictment says that from August until his arrest, Crosby “recruited, enticed, harbored, transported … and solicited a minor to engage in commercial sex acts.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kirkland told the court the evidence that will be provided to Crosby’s lawyer will be voluminous but is not yet complete.
Investigators will conduct forensic examinations on a couple of laptops, Ware County school computers and a thumb drive found when agents executed a search warrant on Crosby’s home in Waycross, Kirkland said.
“We do believe there are more victims out there,” and if so there could be a second indictment returned with additional charges, she told the court.
“We know for a fact already there was some child pornography on his cellphone,” she said.
Given the possible amount of discovery, Crosby’s lawyer, John Bell Manly, was given 90 days to file motions on his behalf, and the U.S. attorney has 30 days to respond. The next hearing on any motions would be May 18.
Crosby is accused in the federal indictment of having one victim, a 16-year-old Woodbine boy.
The boy’s mother told Camden County sheriff’s deputies that her son had left home the night of Nov. 28 without providing an explanation. The woman told the deputies she found him later at the Woodbine waterfront park engaged in a sex act with a man.
Sheriff’s Office detectives investigated and arrested Crosby the following day.
He was originally charged with a single misdemeanor, soliciting a sex act, but was later charged with felony reckless conduct by a persona infected with HIV.
If convicted on all three federal charges, Crosby faces a sentence of 10 years to life and fines of $250,000 and $5,000 in special assessments on each charge.
Almost immediately after his arrest, the Ware County school board suspended Crosby from his job teaching criminal justice at Ware County High School. Pierce County Sheriff Ramsey Bennett fired Crosby from his job as working as an investigator a couple of weekends each month.