Nevada football player Chris Green was arrested Friday morning on two felony charges, including customer engaging in soliciting a child for prostitution, according to the Washoe County booking sheet.
The Wolf Pack defensive tackle also was charged with child abuse/neglect. They were both first-time offenses for the 21-year-old Green, who was booked at 1:19 a.m. Friday morning by the Reno Police Department. 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.
"Our department learned of this incident earlier this morning and we are working to gather more information," Nevada spokesperson Chad Hartley said in a statement to Nevada Sports Net.
Nevada said Green has been suspended from the program.
Green, a 6-foot-2, 325-pounder from Los Angeles, is in his senior season at Nevada and was battling for a starting defensive tackle job. In 31 career games, he had 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.
Green's 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.
Along with detectives and personnel from the Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, the Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center, Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and UNR Police, this highly organized operation sought to identify and arrest people seeking to pay minors for sexual acts.
Also participating were agencies involved in the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Nevada Highway Patrol, the Nevada Department of Corrections and the Nevada Attorney General’s Office.
The operation resulted in the arrest of 28 people, including seven on Monday, eight on Tuesday, five on Wednesday and eight on Thursday. Green's arrest was the 28th of the operation. All the suspects arrived at a home in south Reno to knowingly engage in, and pay for, sex acts with a minor as identified through the HEAT Unit.
All suspects were arrested on felony counts of soliciting a child for prostitution and attempted child abuse. Some suspects are facing additional charges. After initial judicial review, 12 suspects have posted bail.