MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A Maryville man was arrested and is facing charges of solicitation of a minor, and a U.S. Marshals task force was searching for his brother, who has since been taken into custody, on separate charges according to a social media post from Blount County Sheriff’s Office.
According to BCSO, deputies and members of the U.S. Marshals Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force found and arrested Larry Edmond Potter, 52, of Maryville on Tuesday on three counts of solicitation of a minor.
A BCSO investigation into Potter began earlier this year after the sheriff’s office says they received a complaint that he sent text messages that were sexual in nature to a juvenile.
During the course of the investigation, evidence was found that culminated in the three charges and Potter’s arrest Tuesday evening, BCSO said. The sheriff’s office said he is being held at the Blount County Correctional Facility on $300,000 worth of bonds pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court on June 14.
BCSO and the Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force were also searching for information on the location of Potter’s Brother, Jeffrey Lynn Potter, 49, of Maryville. He was taken into custody around 2:30 on June 8 at a home in Townsend by U.S. Marshalls and BCSO.
According to BCSO, Jeffrey Potter was wanted on warrants for violation of community supervision, felony evading arrest, misdemeanor evading arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. The East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers said Jeffrey Potter is wanted on six charges of violating the sex offender registry.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated with new information.