GREENEVILLE — A Hawkins County man is in custody with no bond set after he was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury and later arrested on two counts of production of child pornography and one count of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity.
Court records indicate that Mark Curtis Adams, 55, who is reportedly a deacon and a youth Sunday School teacher at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Mount Carmel, was indicted in late May in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Greeneville and was arrested on June 2 by an FBI agent in Johnson City.
He is currently being held without bond by the U.S. Marshals Service pending arraignment, which — as of the Review’s presstime — was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 19 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifton L. Corker in Greeneville.
According to the indictment, Adams allegedly used the online social media app “Kik” to “knowingly persuade, induce, entice, or coerce an individual who had not attained the age of eighteen years, or attempted to knowingly persuade, induce, entice or coerce, an individual who had not attained the age of eighteen years, to engage in sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense”, and further, to attempt to “engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depictions of such conduct ...”
The Grand Jury indictment indicates that the alleged unlawful activity occured on or about March 30, 2017 “and for at least the preceding month, in the Eastern District of Tennessee and elsewhere ...”
The case was originally sealed on a motion by U.S. Attorney Nancy Stallard-Harr but was later unsealed.
The church released a statement to an out-of-county newspaper which reads as follows:
“The Oak Grove Baptist Church is aware of the recently filed charges and arrest of Mr. Mark Adams, a deacon in our church. Members of the church leadership have met with authorities to ensure our understanding of the charges and any possible impact on our church community. We intend to fully cooperate with investigators as they continue their investigation. It is important to note, at this time, there is no indication that any member of our church community has been victimized by Mr. Adams.”