Lenoir City man arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor

Lenoir City man arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor, drug charges

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Chris Wiggins (source: Loudon County Sheriff's Office) Chris Wiggins (source: Loudon County Sheriff's Office)

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

LENOIR CITY (WATE) - A prominent businessman in Loudon County is behind bars, facing several charges that are coming as shock to his community.

Chris Wiggins, 36, owns Wiggins Siding and Guttering in downtown Lenoir City.

According to the Lenoir City Police Department, Wiggins is charged with solicitation of a minor for sexual exploitation, which in this case is a class C felony. He also faces charges of possession of a Schedule VI drug (marijuana) and felon in possession of a firearm.

After obtaining a search warrant for Wiggins' home, investigators seized two computers, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, guns and audio video recording devices.

Wiggins is no stranger to being on the news.

Back in January of this year, someone broke into his home and he publicly offered a reward in hopes of catching the culprit.

Then just one month ago, Wiggins was in the news again for decorating his storefront for the Battle of the Bridge high school football game between Lenoir City High School and his alma mater, Loudon County High.

Wiggins was arrested this week by Lenoir City police and local residents can't believe it.

"I have a grandchild who lives around here and it scares me. It makes me wonder what kind of people. I've even got goose bumps now thinking about it. It's terrible," said Sherry Hunter, of Lenoir City.

Wiggins' siding business sits in the heart of downtown Lenoir City. Just about everywhere, his name or photo is on an advertisement for his business, but now his picture is splashed on a mug shot, instead of a billboard.

Hunter says just about everyone in town knows Wiggins or knows of him.

"It's making me real uncomfortable and wondering what else really goes on behind closed doors that we don't even know here in Lenoir City," said Hunter.

LCPD Chief Don White says the investigation is ongoing, so officers can't elaborate on the charges.

Locals say just hearing the sex crimes with minors allegations makes them more than a little uneasy.

"I'd be pacing the floor wondering where my child is. It's scary," said Tonya Wilson, of Lenoir City.

Police say they expect more charges to be filed against Wiggins once their investigation wraps up.

"It makes you wonder what they're doing. It really does," said Wilson.

6 News tried calling the office number for Wiggins Siding and Guttering for comment.

The answering machine message said, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, our office is currently closed."

Wiggins is scheduled to be arraigned Monday to have his court date set.

He will not appear at the courthouse, but will be arraigned via video from the Loudon County Jail.

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