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'I'm so stupid.' Details emerge from Nevada football player's solicitation arrest

Chris Green
Nevada's Chris Green was arrested Friday. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Details on the arrest of Nevada football player Chris Green emerged Tuesday after his probable cause report was obtained by KRNV and Nevada Sports Net.

Green was arrested Friday and charged with two felonies, including customer engaging in soliciting a child for prostitution and child abuse and neglect. His arrest was part of a weeklong human trafficking sting led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Nevada Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force that resulted in the arrest of 28 people.

The probable cause report details how the sting operation was executed.

"During the operation, I posed as a young female escort by posting an advertisement to the escort website www.skipthegames.com advertising as a 'young brunette,'" the detective in charge of the operation wrote in the report. "Detectives secured the residence within Reno, Washoe County to carry out the operation. I was solicited by a male via text message utilizing the phone number (redacted). We had casual conversation initially, then I asked 'Are you looking for a date?' He replied 'yea' and asked if I had social media.

"He then asked me what my 'rates' were. This is common terminology utilized by sex purchasers to inquire about how much time and money they will be spending on the sexual encounter. He asked how old I was, and asked if he could have a picture of me. I told him I was 17 years old. He replied, 'OK.' He asked if there were going to be 'any issues' or if this was a 'set up' and I replied 'no.' He asked if he could pay me via 'Cashapp.'"

The probable cause report goes on to explain Green was asked to bring protection before he made a stop at a gas station to get said protection. He then arrived at the predetermined location in south Reno a little after midnight last Friday.

"Detectives/FBI in marked police gear took Green into custody and he spontaneously uttered, 'I'm so stupid,'" the report said.

Green, who is 21, was read his Miranda rights and agreed to speak with detectives.

"Green admitted to intending to pay a 17 year old for sexual acts," the report said. "Green stated he was from California and thought age 17 was legal, along with prostitution. Green was subsequently arrested for: customer engage in solicitation of a child, and attempted child abuse and neglect. Green was transported to the WCSO Jail without incident."

While 16 is the legal age of consent in Nevada, that only applies when the person gives consent to have sex with somebody for free, a Washoe County Sherriff's Office spokesperson said, adding prostitution is illegal in Washoe County and prostitution of a minor is a felony.

Green has since been released on bail and has been suspended by Nevada, although he remains on the Wolf Pack's online roster. Local agencies have declined interview requests on the sting operation, although it is expected the FBI will be available to talk about the sting later this week.

According to the Nevada legislature page, the penalty if found guilty for engaging in soliciting a child for prostitution is one to four years in prison and an optional fine of not more than $5,000.

Green, a 6-foot-2, 325-pound defensive tackle from Los Angeles, is in his senior season at Nevada and was battling for a starting defensive tackle job. In 31 career games, he has 31 tackles, including 20 solo, and had posted seven tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks. His best season came last year when he had 16 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and one sack, each being career highs. He started five games in 2019.

Nevada opens its season Oct. 24 at home against Wyoming.

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