Details released in arrest of man charged with engaging in sexual acts with minor

By Jessica Stith
of The Daily Times Staff

A Loudon County man arrested on Saturday is accused of producing “material” in which he engaged in sexual activities with a minor.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Lance Eugene Davis, 42, Coyatee Circle, Loudon, on Saturday. He was charged with three counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to affidavits of complaint obtained by The Daily Times on Monday, the acts that Davis is accused of committing occurred between December 2006 and December 2007 in Blount County.

Two of the affidavits state that Davis, “knowingly used a minor in the production of material that included the minor engaging in sexual activity with the defendant (Davis).” The other affidavit states that he “used minors” to produce material that included “minors engaging in sexual activity.”

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, Davis was the subject of a multiweek investigation conducted by the BCSO Criminal Investigation Division and HEAT (Hi-tech Evidence and Technology) Unit. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Davis, a self-employed contractor, at his home in Loudon County on Saturday night.

The investigation into the incident is continuing, and additional charges against Davis will be taken to a Blount County Grand Jury in the future, the release said.
Davis was being held in lieu of bonds totaling $225,000 pending a 9 a.m. Friday hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court. The affidavits, signed by Blount County General Sessions Court Judge William R. Brewer, state that Davis must surrender his passport prior to release from jail.