RUTHERFORD COUNTY – A Rutherford County man arrested last year on charges in Florida that include using a computer to seduce, solicit or lure a child (847.0135.3a) and the unlawful use of a two-way communications device (934.215) to allegedly further that communication, will face the charges next month in Walton County, Florida. However, the local resident will not face the charges in person.
This past Thursday (March 16, 2023), Chasen White of LaVergne, TN filed a "Waiver of Appearance.” By doing so, he waived his right of personal appearance to be in court for his upcoming hearing that will take place on April 4, 2023. In his filing, the suspect agreed that he understands the nature of the proceeding that will be held and he has discussed with his attorney any questions he may have.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Special Agents assigned to TBI’s Cybercrime and Digital Evidence Unit charged the 32-year-old La Vergne man in connection to an ongoing Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation in Florida. The TBI reported in July of 2022, agents received information from the Walton County, Florida Sheriff’s Department, in relation to an online solicitation operation, dubbed “Operation Wolves Blanket,” involving Chasen White (DOB 2-7-91).
Authorities determined White allegedly engaged in an inappropriate chat with who he believed to be a minor during the sheriff’s department undercover operation. TBI agents assisted in the subsequent investigation and gathered evidence contributing to a criminal charge in Florida. Authorities in Rutherford County later arrested White and booked him into the Rutherford County Jail. There, he awaited extradition to Florida to face a charge of what the TBI said was “Soliciting a Child for Unlawful Sexual Conduct.”
Again, White will face the courts in Walton County, Florida on April 4, 2023. However, he will be heard by the courts online.
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